For more than 30 years, Cy-Fair nonprofit Reach Unlimited has offered services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
At the annual Reach for the Stars fundraising luncheon Oct. 5, Executive Director Lauren Black said Medicaid funds allocated to many of the clients are not sufficient to cover the actual cost of the services they need.
“To maintain a high level of service, Reach is challenged to raise the difference between Medicaid funding and the true cost,” she said.
The organization must raise $2,400 for each full-time client every year to bridge the funding gap and keep the staff-to-client ratio at one-to-three in group homes and one-to-five in the Learning Activities Center, Black said.
Black said Reach Unlimited provides an empowering place for clients to live, learn and earn a paycheck while contributing to their community, and many live in one of the organization’s 22 group homes. Officials said more than 150 individuals are on a waitlist to benefit from services.
The organization also anticipates future funding challenges due to changes adopted at the state level. Read more here.