JULIE CASEY FUND
Julie Casey was a young woman with Down syndrome who Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) was proud to support for almost 8 years. She lived in her own apartment and worked at her local public library. Julie's energy and enthusiasm were infectious. With her love of music and dance she was often the life of any TMI special event! Sadly Julie died unexpectedly of complications from pneumonia only a few weeks before her 27th birthday in 1996. Her mother, Delores Casey, served on TMI’s Board of Directors for over ten years. Both Delores and Julie contributed great energy and had a profound effect on all of us at TMI who knew and worked with them.
In honor of Julie, TMI renamed its Community Scholarship Fund the Julie Casey Scholarship Fund. It provides cash grants to individuals receiving support from TMI for a variety of purposes. In Community Living Services, grants have helped our clients move from group homes to their own apartments, buy essential items for the transition to independence or even purchase a baby crib. In Employment Solutions, the fund has helped our clients purchase clothes for job hunting, bus passes, alarm clocks or other items necessary for employment. In Family Support Services, the fund has been used to send children to summer camp, assist with medication cost, purchase clothing at the beginning of placement and much more. In the past, the fund has been able to respond positively to hundreds of worthy applications.
Your support for fundraising activities or direct donations to the Julie Casey Scholarship Fund help to continue to make a difference in the lives of people we support, as well as honor and celebrate the all too brief life of a dear friend. Please click here to donate to the Julie Casey Fund today or you can mail a check to 4740 Murphy Canyon Rd., Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92123. We thank you in advance for your support!