Appeal

When I first started at Minda my understanding of what we do and the difference we make really hit home.

One of the people we support, who comes to our office regularly, said to me, “Did you know, I have a brother?”

I looked up from my desk and smiled and said, “That’s great, how often do you see him?”.

He smiled at me and said nothing, and turned and walked away.

After he left, my colleague told me that his family had brought him to Minda when he was 11 years of age and he hasn’t had contact with them since.

For 40 years, Minda has been his family.

He works as a supported employee at one of our commercial businesses and although Minda Brighton is his home, he never forgets where he came from; I found this sad, but also insightful.

Our Minda community is like a big family and for more than 120 years our community has cared for some of South Australia’s most vulnerable people. In today’s time of crisis and with the threat of COVID-19, your support of Minda has never been more crucial.

I’m sure you will agree, in these uncertain times, it is so important for us to step up and go above and beyond to provide the very best care in the most difficult of circumstances. With your support, we can be even stronger.

I want to reassure you that we have taken all precautions and actions necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the Minda community. Sadly, this has meant the temporary closure of our day programs at MyPATH.

The impact of these changes can be significant for some of our Minda families, who rely on these programs to provide a continuity of care that is essential for people with disability.

For some families, with no one else to turn to, we have adapted to provide alternative support options.

I hope you feel proud knowing your support of Minda translates to vital care for people with disability, people we serve each and every day.

For Alison and Reno’s son Anthony, Minda continues to provide a safe space and specialised staff at a time when it’s more important than ever.

Anthony is 30 years of age and has been accessing services with Minda for more than ten years.

“Anthony has autism and is not good in crowded spaces, he needs a quiet environment. He’s non-verbal so he needs a consistent level of care with the same workers so they get to know him and can understand him.

“With the closure of MyPATH we were so grateful Minda offered Anthony five days of one-to-one care. It also means his support workers can ensure he practices good hygiene and social distancing.

“It’s been incredible for Minda to be able offer an alternate support as it would have been extremely difficult if we didn’t have access to this care,” Alison said.

Your ongoing generosity means Minda can continue to provide critical, high quality services for people with disability and their families. Can we rely on your donation today?

With COVID-19, we are in unchartered waters; it is not ‘business as usual’ but with your ongoing support we will continue to provide the vital care to people who rely on Minda. For many of the people Minda cares for, there is no one else to turn to.

Kate and Chris Lienert have enjoyed watching their son James thrive through his participation in day programs at Minda, where he loves to swim and cook.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, James has gone from being onsite at Minda five days a week to being at home with his family.

This change to routine is leading to a lot of additional stress for their family in an already trying time.

“James is confused and distressed because he is lacking structure and is very bored. We are starting to build some new routines with him but it’s difficult as I am still working from home,” Kate said.

“It terrifies me that if I contract Coronavirus, I won’t be able to look after James.

The other alternative is that if James gets it and is hospitalised, we can’t go with him, and he will never ever understand that. The thought of that happening terrifies me.”

Now more than ever, people with disabilities need greater care. Will you consider a gift today to help provide this vital support?

As we continue to adapt our services in this time of crisis, people like Erin are able to access support in their home.

Erin continues to enjoy her time with her support worker Belle, which has made all the difference to helping her family cope in these highly unusual circumstances.

“Minda’s support makes an immeasurable amount of difference to our family. To have this help with Erin, it can make all the difference between being able to cope with this stressful situation and not being able to cope,” said Erin’s Mum, Gayle.

On behalf of the thousands of South Australians who rely on Minda, I would like to thank you.

Our commitment remains unchanged as we continue to provide hope and opportunity for the people who are at greatest need. Your support makes this possible.

I wish you and your family good health and happiness.

Stay safe,

Marcus Gehrig
Executive Manager,
Fundraising

P.S.Now more than ever, people with disabilities need greater care. Your support of Minda ensures we can continue to provide this vital support at this crucial time.

P.P.S Don’t forget to make your tax-deductible donation by June 30.