Over the course of almost 40 years, Skydive the Ranch has given thousands of people their 'first' jump from over 13,000 feet above the ground. It seems, first time jumpers commit to taking the leap for different reasons and often attest to learning a thing or two on the way down. But how often does opportunity arise that divers get the chance to jump for someone else's benefit? This April, Skydive the Ranch and Greystone Programs, Inc. are teaming up to give us all a reason to take the 13,500 foot leap. They've certainly convinced me, and maybe, just maybe, I can persuade YOU to take your first leap with me this April.
Did you know that autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys? Autism is more common than most people realize and reveals itself in many different forms. In fact, the disorder's spectrum indicates the wide variation of challenges and strengths of each person with autism. At Greystone Programs, they offer numerous community-based programs spanning the Hudson Valley in addition to their residential homes and services for both children and adults with Autism. In an interview with the Director of Development at Greystone Programs, Sara Greenburg-Hoye, she explains that, "As a parent, you want someone to take care of your family member like it's their family member. I'm impressed with the level of caring, knowing and excellence of Greystone Programs."
Greystone prides itself on nurturing relationships that go beyond commonplace
Greystone Programs is a privately-run nonprofit organization that provides essential services and life-enriching opportunities to more than 500 children, adults, and families with autism and other developmental disabilities in the Hudson Valley region of NY State. And as a recognized human services provider, they offer certified residential programs and community-based non-residential programs that include habilitation services in a five-county region of the Hudson Valley. As Sara Greenburg-Hoye explains, "My son was diagnosed in 2015, and I didn’t know there were places like Greystone, it would have saved me if I knew... I’m passionate about this because I’m a parent."
Take a Leap for Autism. Skydive the Ranch and Greystone Programs are teaming up for the second year in a row for their annual event, "Take a Leap for Autism" in their efforts to bring awareness to Autism. In fact, they literally dare you to take a leap. On April 22, The jumps kick off at 10AM and the fun-filled day lasts until 4PM. On the grounds, there will be live music and refreshments, including a special craft beer created specifically for the day by North River Hops and Brewing Company. The money raised in this family-friendly event will go towards residential homes, school programs, supported employment, community programs and pre-vocational services. And we think, there's no better day than today to pledge to take a leap.