Annual Giving Campaign

Happy Holidays! I hope this letter finds you enjoying time with loved ones and a heart full of gratitude for the abundance in our lives. As I reflect on so many blessings, I am reminded that I am thankful to you for making our programs possible. Your generosity ensures that the children and adults who depend on PHILLIPS Programs will reach their potential. Can we count on your annual commitment to support our youth?

This year we are asking you to help us keep our promise by supporting our Occupational Therapy, Family Partners and Food for Thought programs.

Family Partners helps families grow together by offering home and community-based counseling and behavior therapy, as well as family education and advocacy services. Our team of licensed mental health professionals, Board Certified Behavior Analysts and social workers provide comprehensive, evidenced-based treatment programs to address family’s individualized needs.

What are some of the challenges our youth face?

Imagine the trials of a recently widowed mother of three who is also battling cancer. Her third grader was diagnosed with autism and often has uncontrollable behaviors.

A young man in our high school program was sleeping on the floor in a tiny room in a bug infested apartment. He had no access to a bathroom, was dirty, tired and frustrated.

In addition to clinical services, we see to the whole hierarchy of needs of families in our program: furniture, clothing, groceries, job search, health care and resource development.  Before we can address the clinical needs we have to address the basic human needs first.

When a child is referred to us we take a Family Systems Approach.  We support the whole family whether it is stress in the marriage arising from raising a child with special needs; barriers to getting to therapeutic services or other challenges. We work on the behaviors that led to the referral and contact other service providers to ensure we are consistent across all of the environments. We make sure parent’s needs are met. Just as one is advised on a plane that the parent place the oxygen mask on before covering their child – a parents needs have to be met so that they can be available for their child.

Experiencing trauma in childhood can have a severe and long-lasting effect. Thankfully, children have deep resilience. While these stories may seem hopeless, PHILLIPS has never given up on a child and for 48 years we have helped thousands of children and families overcome their situations. Students come back to us and say thank you … “you did not give up on me.” And for every person that we help there is a beautiful ripple effect because he or she will influence his or her friends and family. And they will pass along what they have learned to others.

In May 2015, a former PHILLIPS student graduated from Mary Washington University with her degree in Social Work. She is now in a Master’s Program so that she can support others the same way PHILLIPS supported her. To achieve these results takes many hours of comprehensive services.

Your support can contribute to making a difference in the following ways:

  • $10,000 supports outfitting an entire sensory integration room with the equipment to better meet the dynamic sensory processing needs of our students. We need three of these rooms.
  • 2,000 provides one industrial sized laminator
  • $1,000 purchases an iPad with assistive technology apps. We could use 200 iPads.
  • $500 supports vertical bouncer kits, which provides vestibular stimulation for increased sensory impact – we need 25 of these kits.
  • $250 funds a class field trip
  • $100 covers utilities, groceries, prescription medications and medical bills for our families who often struggle to maintain long term housing. $100 also provides a student breakfast and lunch for a month.
  • $50 provides two students breakfast and lunch for a week
  • $25 provides gas cards and toiletries for our families. $25 also provides one week of breakfast and lunch for a student.

Please help me serve our children by digging deep — deeper than you ever have before – to lift up the lives of the children and families who rely on PHILLIPS Programs to gain the education and skills they need to become productive, responsible adults.

We hope you can make a gift of $100 or more today.

To make a difference today, make your fully tax-deductible gift to PHILLIPS Programs online or by mailing your gift to: PHILLIPS Programs, Attn: Development Office, 7010 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA 22302.

As we prepare for the holiday season, thank you for remembering our children and families.  Together our dollars will add value to a child’s life and priceless meaning to our community. 


Piper Phillips Caswell
President & CEO