In September, Opengate was able to offer a Music Therapy program to the residents at our Gray House location due to the benevolence of Claudia Marks. Her son, Robert, is one of the Gray House residents. She knew how well he responded to music and the positive reactions it provided for him, so she suggested her idea to make music a part of the weekly agenda.
With a generous donation from Ms. Marks we were able to secure a music therapist to organize and present the weekly program. The music program is offered on Opengate’s campus and benefits not only those from the Gray residence but other houses as well.
Not only has Ms. Marks’ donation led to the creation of the Music Therapy program, but she also contributes to general funding for the benefit of all. When asked what inspires her to support our agency she replied, “I truly believe in the work that Opengate does for the people who need their services. The staff is hard working, amazing, and passionate about their work and the individuals they care for.”
Her son Robert came to Opengate in 2005 at the age of 21. Ms. Marks reports that she has seen marked improvements in his speech, articulation, and socialization.
He is comfortable, happier, calmer, and more independent due to the care he has received at Opengate. He’s involved in outings, classes, recreational therapy, and enjoys gardening at the greenhouse. His life is full of activity. –Claudia Marks
She encourages other parents and supporters to consider the financial difficulties experienced by funding cutbacks and do all they can to help supplement the budget needs at Opengate. Her personal inspiration is knowing that her son is living a full and happy life surrounded with care and compassion.
A special thank you to Claudia Marks for enriching the lives of of Opengate residents and staff.