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Making it Happen: Francie Mitchell of CATS-RVA

News 6 “Virginia This Morning” has a weekly segment highlighting people in the community doing their part to make it happen.
Today, they featured Francie Mitchell, PT, DPT, PCS, the Program Director for the Richmond Children’s Assistive Technology Service (C.A.T.S). Board member Susan A. Elmore, PhD nominated Francie for this honor. Click “Read More” to view the segment.

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C.A.T.S. Receives Nomination for a disAbility Impact Award

The Disability Law Center of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) announced that Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS) has been nominated for a disAbility Impact Award.   CATS was nominated for its efforts during the pandemic.

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C.A.T.S. Roanoke receives funding for a Hub Scrub

Smith Mountain Lake Civitan Club has made a $20,455.00 donation to CATS for the purpose of providing a Hub Scrub to the location serving the Roanoke Valley in Moneta.   The Hub Scrub will greatly assist the work of CATS volunteers who clean and disinfect donations of gently used equipment coming from families whose children have outgrown it.  The Hub Scrub resembles a giant dishwasher for durable medical equipment, and allows for UV radiation for disinfecting. 

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C.A.T.S. Cookbook fundraiser: call for recipes and sponsors

The C.A.T.S. resource committee is currently working on a fundraising project to create a unique cookbook that will include family friendly recipes as well as recipes for those with special dietary and nutrition needs.    We would love to have families participate by providing recipes to be considered for the book. 

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RVGives Day 2021 a Success!

THANK YOU to everyone who gave to CATS on Roanoke Valley Gives Day! 98 donors contributed $15,410.00 in just 24hrs!!! Whether you gave yesterday, last week, or last year, we are grateful to you and the support you provide so that we can continue to serve VA’s children with disAbilties and their families.

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C.A.T.S. receives a $100,000 donation

Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS) was honored to receive a $100,000 donation made possible by Lynn and Foster Friess in honor of Isabella Maria Santorum.  Foster Friess is an investment manager and philanthropist from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.   

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C.A.T.S. appoints interim Executive Director

As the founder of C.A.T.S., Cathie Cummins volunteered to serve in the role of executive director, but in it’s 7th year, the time has come for C.A.T.S. to have a professional CEO. After working tirelessly to create and grow the organization, Cathie is ready to retire. C.A.T.S. is therefore pleased to announce that John Naples, senior program manager, will take over as interim executive director as of January 1, 2021.

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