GROW is a parent and family run organization whose dedicated members have volunteered their time for over thirty years to advocate for a full range of support services to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
The Purposes of GROW are:
- To advocate to enhance the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities.
- To provide support and information to parents and families of persons with developmental disabilities.
- To promote the expansion of community residential opportunities and enhanced services for those living at home.
- To advocate for adequate funding necessary to ensure quality of services provided for persons with developmental disabilities.
GROW seeks active members!
The GROW Board of Directors is seeking new members who will meet with us monthly and help shape the future of our organization. Most of the present Board members have been advocating for many years, beyond their own family’s needs, to help ensure services for all individuals with developmental disabilities. Advocacy activities have included speaking to legislators in Albany, meeting regularly with OPWDD and Hudson Valley DDSO directors and others, and arranging for key speakers to present information to families. Now more than ever, it is imperative that new members become involved. The DIRE FINANCIAL SITUATION requires CREATIVE SOLUTIONS to enable services to continue. Residential opportunities, work, day programs are all affected by finances. Those of you whose family member is transitioning from school to adult programs will soon realize how NECESSARY IT IS TO ADVOCATE for the appropriate level of services. WE NEED YOU TO JOIN GROW as ACTIVE MEMBERS!! Call our hotline number: 914-493-1318. One of our Board members will return your call and explain how you can be part of the strategizing and decision-making that will direct the future activities of GROW. Help GROW fulfill its mission of advocating for the full range of support services for persons with developmental disabilities!
GROW meets the second Thursday of the month at WIHD at 7:30 pm. Call ahead.
TO BARBARA MASUR
Barbara Masur, President of GROW for eight years is stepping down. She has been a fearless and forceful advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families for many years, starting from when her son Daniel was a baby.
Although her advocacy began with her own family situation, it grew to include all families. While maintaining her own career as an educator, Barbara founded the Westchester Chapter of the Autism Society of America and has continued to tirelessly address the issues that affect all individuals with developmental disabilities
and their families.
As President of GROW, her dedication and perseverance allowed GROW to be a part of the ongoing conversations with OPWDD and NY State.
She has been the voice for the many individuals and families who are confused and concerned about the changes occurring within OPWDD that affect all of us.
The Board of Directors and the General Membership of GROW thank you Barbara for all your hard work.
We welcome William Mayerik as the new President of GROW.