Julia Goes To Prom

Creative Care for Reaching Independence (CCRI) is a nonprofit that enhances and enriches the lives and learning of people with disabilities. Many of the people CCRI supports never attended their high school prom, so the CCRI gives this opportunity to more than 100 people  every year.

The event is put on by CCRI with the help of many community businesses and volunteers. Area schools donate prom sets and escort attendees at Grand March. Community members donate dresses, jewelry and menswear. Volunteers also help decorate the gym, style hair and alter dresses. The FM Area Foundation awarded CCRI a $2,000 grant to help cover expenses.

CCRI believes everyone deserves a special experience when trying on dresses for the exciting night, so they modified office space into the CCRI Boutique. Those in need of a dress were able to schedule their very own appointment at the CCRI Boutique (just like at a real prom store), and choose between different dress styles and colors.

The staff said seeing the smiles and joy on everyone’s face while they were trying on dresses was contagious. One afternoon, a caregiver accompanied Julia to the boutique. She made the afternoon a day to remember for Julia. She was patient and kind during the trying on process, and seemed to notice immediately when Julia found her perfect dress. She then asked her, “Are you going to say yes to the dress?” Julia was elated and yelled, “Yes, honey, this is the one!”

It was an incredible interaction to witness and melted everyone’s heart. The joy on Julia’s face when she said yes to the dress said it all.

Julia would not have experienced prom, if not for CCRI and the grant from the FM Area Foundation.

The FM Area Foundation awarded $236, 905 through its community grant round in 2015.

This is one example of how your support makes a difference. On behalf of everyone we serve together, thank you!