Testimonials from CLASP Family Members

My son Bob Reilly has been with CLASP since September of 1985 when it was relatively new and getting off the ground. I have been most impressed by the growth and professionalism shown by the organization over the past fourteen years.

I am so pleased to see how Bob has transformed his life. His skills in all areas, from deportment to his everyday responsibilities, have improved to the point where I no longer feel I must be as involved. These changes in Bob are, of course, due to the wonderful staff and administration who have been so diligent in the pursuit of Bob's transformation.

It is every parents' concern as to what will transpire when we are no longer around. This past year, as a result of a serious car accident, CLASP was put to the test and surpassed my greatest expectations: I was unable to participate or to be as involved in Bob's life in any capacity for ten months. The entire staff at Weston Road and the administration all went that extra mile to ensure Bob's mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Extra hours were volunteered by staff to aid him through this crisis. Decisions were made regarding his present and future without my intervention and they were wise ones. As a result, Bob had a truly great year in terms of personal growth, probably, in my opinion, one of his best years!

CLASP has been life, not only to Bob, but to our entire family, as well. My husband, Reggie, and I are grateful for the freedom to be able to begin to let go and to trust. We are grateful, alas, for the freedom to begin to pursue our own lives and to not be as anxious. Bob loves his apartment at Weston Road.

He enjoys his independence, while feeling the security of the much needed staff close by. This past year he began a new job which has brought him renewed self-esteem. It is evidenced by his general disposition and enthusiasm. He walks to town to attend to his banking and every Saturday he can be found at the public library, where he spends the afternoon doing research.

Today, the first day of our new millennium, I view my son as a happy, healthy, kind young man. I am very pleased. I am also very pleased with the entire Organization and know that CLASP is truly the answer to our prayers. I thank you and wish you the very best in the New Year as you continue to grow and progress.

Dottie Vecchione is the mother of Bob Reilly, who lives at our Weston Road group home in Westport. Dottie and her husband Reggie live in Westport and have been very supportive members of the CLASP family for several years.

Mrs. Mary Stablein:
"CLASP Homes has given Kathy the opportunity to move forward in a new and independent lifestyle similar to that of her nine other siblings."

Mrs. Caroline Freeman:
"Now that our son is safe in CLASP Homes, the anxiety, frustration and fear have gone from our lives."

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hawley:
"For ten years, and even in difficult times CLASP has supported, encouraged and remains committed to our son’s welfare and happiness."

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kristiansen:
"Living in a CLASP group home has given our son the opportunity for growth in skills, to enjoy employment and broader social relationships."

Mrs. Shirley Russakoff:
"My family has seen Jeff grow and become independent, productive, and a contributing member of his community. Thank you, CLASP."

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cocks:
"CLASP has moved a lot of mountains to get our son, Geoff, into an apartment. Geoff is a happy man today!"