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Dogs Donations and DisabilitiesPublished: May 1, 2018


They say that dogs are man’s best friend (and women’s too). That’s in part because a pooch is loyal and giving, albeit through wags and wet kisses. But what does this have to do with DDRC?

 Just ask one of our steadfast donors, Heidi Markley, who has contributed proceeds from her dog and house-sitting service, Angels and Unicorns, to support the work of DDRC year-after-year, and often several times a year.  Heidi had a child in service with DDRC and she saw the crucial importance of respite care and its benefits for both the family and the individual in service. She donates to help support respite care through DDRC’s Shannon and Bill Markley Respite Fund.

DDRC is fortunate that the commitment to the work we do is shared by more than 500 donors, whose combined contributions this year have totaled approximately $180,000.

Beverly Winters, DDRC Executive Director
speaking to donors.
This April, DDRC donors attended a reception in their honor, where DDRC Executive Director Beverly Winters thanked them and spoke about the impact of their contributions in supporting our wide range of services and special initiatives. These initiatives include our 25th Hour Fund for emergency assistance and a one-time boost, the refurbished Technology Learning Lab which provides classes and coaching to help people in service gain greater independence through their tech devices, and the new Café Soul, an employment training ground for people with IDD who are exploring the food service industry. Attendees toured the Tech Lab and Café Soul, enjoyed a spread of delicious hors d'oeuvres, and connected with other donors and DDRC staff.


Beverly Winters and Heidi Markley 


DDRC is proud to say that we build on abilities, helping people with disabilities fulfill possibilities. We wouldn’t have the ability to do all that we do were it not for our wonderful donors.  And that’s something to bark about!







Pictures from the April reception:




Joanne Elliott, DDRC Board of Directors member with Deb Gordon, DDRC Director of Quality Living Options -ISS



Lesley Dahlkemper, former Jeffco School Board member and candidate for Jefferson County Commissioner with Corinne Gray, DDRC Board of Directors member, and Susan Johnson, DDRC Director of Children and Family Services.



Diane Hitchingham, DDRC Development Director, with Ron Marquez, former DDRC Community Relations Director, and Jill Polito.



Rob DeHerrera, DDRC Deputy Director and CFO, with Art Hogling, former DDRC Executive Director, and Mary Prall.

















Ron Marquez, with Joseph and Pat Polito, and Erik Krickbaum.