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Realities for Children Charities

Realities For Children Charities serves the unmet needs of abused and neglected children in Larimer County, Colorado. Partnered with 34 Partner Youth Agencies, RFCC creates a safety net of services providing Awareness, Youth Activities and Emergency Funding when all other resources are exhausted.

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Bikes For Tykes

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Crime/ Abuse Victims
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims

Description

Every December, the Members of Realities For Children present bikes to local children who have suffered abuse or neglect. The holiday season can be a sad time of year for these local kids, so we come to brighten their day bearing gifts of bikes, helmets and safety gear! You can help us in our effort to reach them this each holiday season; just read on below to find out how!

Realities For Children's Bikes For Tykes program is one of our longest running distribution programs, distributing bicycles and new helmets to the children we serve since 1996. Each year individuals, groups, and organizations donate their new or used bicycles to us, then we safety-check and refurbish them via local bike shop partners. These bikes are given to registered youth who are being served by one of Realities For Children Charities Partner Youth Agencies who serve local children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk.

At the bike distribution, we provide each child with a helmet to ensure safe riding. Bicycle mechanics are on-hand to properly adjust seat height, select the correctly sized helmet, install training wheels, and help the children pick out just the right bike.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Testimonials and families donating bikes back for other children in need in future years

Triumph Awards

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims
Homeless

Description

The Triumph Awards recognize and honor exceptional youth in our community who have not only survived the adversities of childhood abuse, but have triumphed over them personally, socially, and academically. We provide collegiate scholarships and post emancipation mentoring support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Graduation rate and strong testimonials

Keeping Dreams Alive

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Crime/Abuse Victims
At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims
Homeless

Description

REALITIES FOR CHILDREN IS KEEPING DREAMS ALIVE
The members of Realities For Children created a sister program to the Triumph Awards, entitled: 'Keeping Dreams Alive'. This program is designed to encourage children in the social services system to follow their dreams and inspire them to make their dreams a reality.

We believe that if a child loses their dreams, they lose much more than the joy of pursuing them. They lose hope and the excitement that being a child should be all about. We want to encourage children to dream, dream big and never abandon those dreams. Children in placement may need their dreams more than anyone, and if we are to see children "Triumph" - they must first dream that they can. In the 'Keeping Dreams Alive' program, we are bringing excitement to what is generally a difficult time in a child's life by allowing children to express their dreams - dreams for bettering their life and today's dreams that can be granted and nourished.

We ask for our Partner Agencies to nominate children they serve, to have the chance for their dreams to become a reality. In April, National Child Abuse Awareness Month, we grant the dreams selected. The granting of these dreams happens at our Annual Awards Gala Dinner in Fort Collins.
Nomination Process:
We keep the nomination process simple. We ask the following:
1. Nominations must be for children served by one of our Partner Agencies.
2. Nomination form must be completed by child's caseworker or recognized agency representative.
3. The Nomination, Waiver, and Essay Forms need to be received by Realities For Children Charities

'My Dream Is' Essay:
1. The Essay should be entitled or begin with My Dream Is...
2. The Essay should be at the length of the child's comfort and ability. However, we are encouraging children to not exceed a page or two in length.
a. Essays from younger children or those not able to write their own may be dictated to you and submitted in their words by your hand. However, regardless of age, we would like some personal submission from the child - even if it is as simple as a picture of his or her dream.
3. We would like to encourage as much creativity as possible, and if a child would like to support their essay with artwork, photos, poetry or any other support pieces, it is strongly encouraged.
4. The Essay should include both the expression of their 'life dreams' and a 'tangible dream' that expresses specific hope or a dream they have today that we can consider granting.
a. Life Dreams - When I grow up my dream is...
b.Tangible Dream - My dream today is to...

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over the years, Realities For Children came to question what allows one child to victoriously triumph over their abuse and others to be devastated and remain victims of their abusive past. Although there are many variables and factors that effect each child's ability to overcome obstacles, one common denominator was apparent in all our Triumph Award recipients' lives - they never gave up on their dreams.

In April of 2018, we granted the wishes of eight amazing children. These youth ranged from 7 years of age to 14. The dreams granted ranged from trips to an Army base, the Olympic Training Center, concerts and professional sports events to gymnastics lessons, cooking classes, and meetings with celebrities. By providing their "now" dreams, we hope to inspire them to continue dreaming big and never abandoning those dreams.

Back To School Supply Drive

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)

Description

Every year, the Business Members of Realities For Children work to provide new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to hundreds of children who have suffered abuse, neglect or are at-risk. This past year we provided 400 new backpacks full of supplies

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Evidence of Program's Success

Testimonials of scholastic success

Special Youth Activities

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims
Homeless

Description

Realities For Children provides special youth activities to children who have been abused, neglected, are at-risk and reside in Larimer County. These "days of fun" provide the chance for children to experience activities they would normally not participate in due to financial or situational constraints. They also provide cathartic and healing opportunities from the abuse they were subjected to.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Countless testimonials have been received from therapeutic counselors and ongoing case managers regarding the effectiveness of these special youth opportunities. In addition, neighboring counties are requesting Realities For Children's special youth activities in their county.

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