Dear AARC Friends,
Let me start by thanking all of you who have been able to donate to AARC, we are truly grateful for your generous and continued support. Without it, many youth and their families would not have received the treatment they desperately wanted.
Many aspects of our organization have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the situation in Canada continues to evolve, AARC's highest priority is, as usual, the safety of our clients and staff.
Youth continue to suffer from addiction and that has only increased during this pandemic. As a result of our worsening economy, many families are struggling financially as they have lost their employment or worried that they may be laid off any day.
AARC's daily cost of treatment per client exceeds $300.00, but most families do not have the resources to pay the full cost of treatment. The average fee paid per day by AARC families over the past 12 months was $120.00 per day. Therefore, AARC has been responsible for bridging the gap of approximately $180.00 per day per family. In light of the current situation, that gap continues to widen.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AARC's annual Miracle Gala and Golf Tournament did not occur in 2020. We are currently reviewing all options for 2021. The loss of our largest fundraisers at this critical time has dealt a devastating blow to AARC. In addition, we are unable to receive much of our usual support from the charitable organizations that we rely on to maintain operations, and donations have slowed due to economic hardship across the country.
We are doing everything we can to protect our clients, staff and families from COVID-19, while keeping the doors open for youth and families affected by the devastating disease of adolescent addiction. We ask you to please consider supporting AARC during this critical time. If you can help during this unprecedented emergency, please make your donation online at https://aarc.ab.ca/make-a-donation. Donations over the amount of $25.00 will receive a charitable tax receipt via e-mail. We are truly grateful for your support.
We recognize that these are challenging times, but we also recognize that treatment for the devastating disease of addiction cannot be halted. Please be assured that we are taking all precautions to protect our clients, staff and community. We will get through this – together.
John Gordon, Board Chair
Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre