Perkins Kicks Off 2017 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends,


During Perkins’ Evening Under the Stars gala earlier this month, author and guest speaker, Steve Pemberton, told the audience about his unfathomable adversity as a child. Despite predictions of having not a chance in the world, Steve rose above appalling circumstances through the investment of a few who believed in him.

Like those who believed in Steve, Perkins is here to help children, youth, and adults facing mental health, developmental or educational challenges. Through a wide range of programs and services, we support those with special learning, living and vocational needs to live their best lives possible. We’re proud that we treat individuals and their families with dedicated care and personalized strategies to help them flourish: to provide them with “a chance to in the world.”


Private support helps us to address escalating needs while remaining an outstanding human services agency and special education school. We are grateful to donors who support our committed, comprehensive team of professionals and help people like Olivia become the hopeful 17-year-old she is today.

Will you partner with us to invest in well-designed programs that help to ensure positive outcomes? Your gift will make an immediate impact on the scope and quality of services we are able to provide. Donations to Perkins fund best practices and new program development, including equine therapy, mindfulness, and the Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series.

As mental health issues touch more people than ever, Perkins is committed to meeting those needs. I thank you for your consideration of support. Your contribution will help to provide more chances in this world.

Our 2017 appeal priorities are:

Rein in a Dream Challenge Grant for riding scholarships. (Designate your gift to Rein in A Dream and help us meet our goal of $12,500 to receive a matching gift!)

Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series

Perkins Child Development Center for tuition support

Where Needed Most



Michael W. Ames, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

P.S.  Nationally recognized speaker on the topic of anxiety, Lynn Lyons, will be the first of our speakers in the Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series. Please join us on November 30, as we work to continue public discussion of issues related to children, adults, and families.