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Message of Gratitude from Executive Director Tammy Simmons

Dear ACCESS Friends and Family,

As I reflect on the events of the past year, the word “gratitude” has never meant so much as it does during this season of thanksgiving. 2020 has been a trying year for the world, and ACCESS was not immune to the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. As we absorbed the new information coming to us daily, we carefully considered how our mission would continue its important work. Once again, we listened to the families we serve, and the message was clear – families need us now more than ever.

The ACCESS team found creative ways to help our clients continue expanding their individual potential. From virtual therapy sessions and online learning, to newly structured classrooms and procedures and even virtual graduations, they implemented a plan that kept those individuals from having to go without the services and interventions they require. I am grateful for each of our employees and their steadfast commitment to this organization and those we serve.

To our ACCESS families, thank you for entrusting us with your children and young adults throughout this year. Your commitment to providing your children with every opportunity possible inspires us to bring our best efforts to work each and every day.

We could not have kept our doors open through this pandemic without the generous investments from our donors, including individuals, corporations, foundations, and government support. Thank you for believing in our team, investing in our mission, and continuing to advocate for the important work we do.

We also extend special thanks to our devoted ACCESS Board of Directors, led by President Scott Davis. Your leadership and encouragement have provided stability and clarity throughout each decision with which we have been faced. Your service to ACCESS and our greater community has demonstrated strength and certainty to the organization in these uncertain times.

This Thanksgiving, I would like to extend to you and yours my sincerest gratitude for all you do to help further this mission of expanding individual potential through innovative instruction. Though the holiday may look different than in years past, may you take pride in knowing that your efforts and support have made a difference in changing a life at ACCESS.

With sincere gratitude,

Tammy Simmons
ACCESS Executive Director and Co-Founder