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Snow Storm

Despite the fact that it’s sunny today and above freezing, I feel compelled to share what occurs at Riverside during a snowstorm. Last week’s storm dumped over 2 feet and with the 24/7 nature of our programs, staff need to be available to assist individuals around the clock, regardless of the weather. The people we serve need evaluations in their home or emer… read more >


Riverside, Lady Gaga, and the Born Brave Bus Tour

Covered in fan-generated artwork, the Born Brave Bus is currently headed to Boston as part of Lady Gaga’s U.S. Born This Way Ball tour. And Riverside is proud to be a part of the event! In an effort by Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to inspire bravery and promote self-acceptance, the bus provides an interactive “tailgate” experience that will connect … read more >


Light Up The Holidays

In the wake of the tragedy this past Friday, I find myself amazed as hundreds of toys and gift cards pile up in our conference room. There is a lot that is wonderful in this world and it’s great to be reminded of it. With the gifts that you see in this picture, more than 750 children and adults we serve who might otherwise have gone without much for the holiday… read more >


Advocacy Works

Earlier this year we successfully won a commitment from the legislature and Governor to increase salaries for many of our lowest paid employees. Then, the state began making plans for cuts during a difficult period in which tax revenues have dropped more than expected. This salary increase was suddenly in jeopardy. Thousands of phone calls and emails to the Go… read more >


Blue Jean Ball Was A HUGE Success!

We have some truly amazing friends. 240 of them decided to celebrate the organization at our 6th Annual Blue Jean Ball. Our speaker – Ali Premo – talked about the impact Riverside has had in her family. I had the welcome opportunity to sit with her and her husband and parents and hearing about their experiences made me (and everyone else in the room) proud to… read more >