Congratulations to our 96 Pioneers and Eagles of Matthias Academy! You all have individually raised the amount needed, in the timeline required, to secure your status as a Pioneer or Eagle of Matthias Academy! You will have PRIORITY enrollment as you are ready to enroll!
We are currently in the process of securing our "starter home" to begin renovations with an optimistic goal to have our doors opening late summer/early fall of 2020!
I have received a large amount of emails wondering "how do I enroll my child?" "how do I get my son into your academy?" "how can my daughter be enrolled?" The answer to all of these questions is-
Jump in. Help. Fundraise. Spread the word.Have your company match your donations.
PLEASE Do not just sit back and wait for our doors to open or your child will be in an even longer waiting situation before AND after our doors open.
The Pioneer and Eagle Parents/Guardians and Caretakers have laid down a $550,000 starting pillar for the rest of you that are now jumping in. THANK YOU!!!!
It has been an incredible year!!
YES, ONE YEAR!
So new parents, please go ahead, jump in.
The fundraising requirement until June 1, 2020 is $6,000 to have your child's application fee considered PAID IN FULL. Once the doors open, the application fee will most likely rise well over $10,000. Why?
Because we need to reward those of you that are raising money before we open so your fee is less. Why so much money?
Because we are offering the best possible staff, experiences and opportunities. All of those are expensive and completely worth it. We are creating a program around each student's individual needs, goals and dreams. We will be running a fantastic program in the most expensive way possible. Why?
Because that is what our most deserving should have. I will never lower my standards for an absolutely exceptional program.
We will always need to fill the gap between government assistance and THE BEST. That is fine, they are worth every effort.
Here are a few answers to the questions I have received,
"How can my child come to Matthias?"
The first step is - Raise $6,000 by June 1st, 2020. Email everyone you know and explain. Three months before your child is ready to enroll, you will be able to receive an Application for Services. This does not mean your child won't be placed on a waiting list, but that your child will have priority based on when they raised their application fee, and of course the fee will be much less.
"What will the cost of tuition be?"
The cost is completely based on the needs of each student. We will be an IRIS provider and work with your case manager to keep YOUR cost as small as possible. Illinois students will be private pay using PUNS/Medicaid/SSI/Medicare/etc., also keeping the cost to parents/guardians as small as possible.
"What if we raise money and change our mind and want to go somewhere else?"
Matthias Academy is a NonProfit Organization All donations made are tax deductible, therefore they are non-refundable.
"What if my child isn't accepted into your academy and we raised our application fee?"
Matthias Academy is committed to filling the grey area of Day Programs in the United States. However, we are not equipped to handle severe mental illness or extremely violent or aggressive behavior on a continuous basis. We will do everything we possibly can to serve your child and help him/her achieve their best adult life possible. If after a 30 day trial period, Matthias Academy feels we cannot meet the needs of your child while keeping everyone safe, you will be informed, and again, all donations are tax deductible and therefore, non-refundable.
Thank you for understanding that this is an effort of ALL OF US. The Board, Attorneys and I are doing our part, but this type of one of a kind opportunity needs funding to make it exactly that. ONE OF A KIND.
Thank you for believing in this much needed mission and understanding that quality is expensive. Good luck fundraising, I can't wait to see you all at our GRAND OPENING!