Greetings! As Founder and Executive Director of Here For a Reason, Inc. (HFAR), I’d like to welcome you and say thanks for your interest in the organization. There is a variety of information about the organization on our website, but I’d first like to share with you a bit of my background and why I am so passionate about our mission.
My name is Melanie and I am a single mother to a set of twins, both with their own unique needs. One has autism and the other has a rare genetic disorder that requires 100% dependence on an adult. As a working mother and the sole provider for my family, I understand, first hand, the challenges associated with managing the needs of a medically complex child. It’s unfortunate and disheartening that the convoluted guidelines and restrictions built into the health insurance system (private and state) often negatively impact the ability of some families to secure adequate care. We have received numerous medical denials for home nursing, durable medical equipment, enteral feeding supplies, and other vital services.
I almost lost my home due to the financial sacrifices I had to take for their medical needs. Luckily I was able to secure the necessary care and return to work, but everyone is not always that lucky. I realized something must be done and I decided to turn my lemons into lemonade by creating this organization. My goal is for HFAR to serve families that are in need of additional support to receive services, acquire equipment and/or supplies, and cover out of pocket expenses.
Lastly, I am extremely proud to say that our Board of Directors, whom I consider to be the backbone of this organization, has direct involvement with the special needs community. I want to welcome you again, and reiterate: Everyone is Here For a Reason, including YOU!