A personal message from the President, Executive Director, and her most important job: Ruby’s Mama.
When I started this organization shortly after Ruby was born I had a goal of ONE $2,000 scholarship. I didn’t even know if people with Down syndrome were going to college, but I was determined to find that ONE person who was going and was going to help them.
Come to find out, there are HUNDREDS of people with Down syndrome attending programs all over the nation who are going for their dreams of higher education and independence! As a mom of a younger daughter with Down syndrome, it has been amazing to have a front row seat to some of their accomplishments.
Amazingly, that first year we were able to help ELEVEN people rockin’ that extra chromosome and ever since then it has grown every year! As of the fall of 2017, we have been able to grant $430,000 to over 150 Rockin’ Recipients…and counting.
After volunteering my time to Ruby’s Rainbow and also working full time for the first four years, our organization had grown enough to allow me to step away from my full time job and focus all my efforts on growing Ruby’s Rainbow and helping as many people as we could have this opportunity. Another huge part of what we do is bring awareness to just how cool and capable people with Down syndrome are through videos, updates and social media. Some of my favorite emails are from new moms who have said that seeing all the faces of our recipients on the website and reading their stories gave them hope for the future of their own child. We strongly believe that raising the expectation of people with Down syndrome is such a vital part to acceptance and inclusion and to helping them rise to their full potential.
I am the proud mama of two daughters-Ella Mae and Ruby- but Ruby’s Rainbow is like another child to me. I am so passionate about our mission and hope you feel confident that your donations are being utilized to benefit people with Down syndrome through scholarship funds and awareness to just how amazingly capable they are!!!
While we continue to seek corporate sponsors, it will always be the kind and generous hearts of people like you that drive Ruby’s Rainbow and we are SO GRATEFUL!
From the bottom of our hearts…THANK YOU!!