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By Sunrise Group on December 2, 2016

Sunrise Appreciates Esserman International's Generosity On #GivingTuesday

After watching the progress of the #GivingTuesday movement since its inception in 2012, Sunrise decided to go “all out” in 2016 and we kicked off 15 local initiatives across five of our seven states. Projects ranged from an Early Literacy Library in the Greater Tampa Bay area to sensory integration rooms and assistive technology as well as funds for warm winter clothes for Eastern Tennessee. Unfortunately, fires in the Great Smoky Mountains interrupted three projects in Tennessee on Tuesday as we re-directed efforts to support victims of the natural disaster. That is when Esserman International in Miami swept in with an unexpected donation to Sunrise! Thanks to Esserman's generosity and an online campaign, Sunrise received funds to help with emergency funding. On behalf of all those we serve, our deepest appreciate to Esserman International.

By Sunrise Group on December 1, 2016

Inclusive Voices: The Warm Glow of Holiday Lights

While the winter holidays invoke warm memories of a traditional "White Christmas" for millions of people across America, for individuals with mobility limitations getting around on icy sidewalks and trying to get over the snow banks "to grandmother's house" are more of a challenge. That does not mean that people with disabilities have not established their own warm holiday traditions. Self-advocate and blogger, Hector Leonardo, shares his South Florida traditions to help us kick off a month of inclusive celebrations.

By Sunrise Group on November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday Starts NOW!!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Sunrise, our donors, volunteers, families, businesses, and 700,000 donors from 70 countries around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Last year, $116,000,000 was raised during the 24-hour event. It’s a simple idea. Check out all of Sunrise's local initiatives and find the project closest to you, then make a donation today. Join Sunrise and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

By Sunrise Group on November 28, 2016

And So It Begins.... Compliance Week 2016!

And aspiring rappers from large cities, small towns, villages and the like, with their hands gripped tight on the mic, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without auto-tune. It came without bass. It came without fly-girls, a crew or a mask on the face. They puzzled and puzzled 'till the rappers' puzzlers were sore. Then the Sunrise rappers thought of something they hadn't before. What if Compliance Week, they thought, doesn't come from a hook. What if Compliance Week, perhaps, is more than a cool look. So, they wrote and they wrote and they wrote lyric all day "To Provide, To Protect & To Prevent" is the Sunrise way.

By Sunrise Group on November 23, 2016

Sunrise Is Thankful

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate our nation's rich culture and diversity, which can only be found in a nation of immigrants As traditional, adopted, and blended families gather across the country, Sunrise would like to extend our appreciation to those we serve and their loved ones. We recognize that it is a privilege to care for and advocate for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Thank you for trusting us to create a caring community for a person you love.

By Sunrise Group on November 22, 2016

COUNTDOWN To #GIvingTuesday: Global Day of Giving Takes Place this Year on November 29

Less than a week until #GivingTuesday kicks off on November 29th! ​Sunrise is planning a series of local initiatives. No matter where you are, there will be a project in your local community to touch the lives of those we serve. Local goals include everything from the latest in assistive technology to an Early Education library for our preschool in Tampa. As we head into the holiday season remember the words of Charles Dickens, "“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” On behalf of those we serve and our staff, Sunrise thanks you in advance for your generosity and support!