This week, we’re proud to shine the spotlight on Chase’s Place, one of our Community Wall organizations.
We sat down with Scott Simari to hear more about Chase’s Place, how he got involved, and ways we can all support the organization.
Tell us about Chase’s Place.
Chase’s Place is a Dallas-area private non-profit school, serving students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injuries, and neurological disorders.
Chase’s Place has a 2:1 student/teacher ratio and programs are individualized for each student. Programs focus not only on traditional academics, but also on social skills, self-help skills, functional living skills, and community skills.
It’s a special place for special people!
When did you first hear about Chase’s Place? How long have you been involved?
I first heard about Chase’s Place shortly after joining Sendero in 2014. Initially for me, Chase’s Place was synonymous with the incredible artwork sprinkled throughout our office. I quickly learned that these “little masterpieces” are the result of collaboration between students at the school and professional artists. Chase’s Place’s main fundraiser each year is a gala where the art is auctioned off.
In 2017, Sendero launched a Community Rock program. This program was focused on delivering management consulting services to non-profit organizations in our community. The very first Community Rock was for Chase’s Place, and I was the project lead. This was when I really fell in love with the students, staff, and parents. When these families were seeking education and care for their children, they faced constant rejection. Their students, for a variety of reasons, were not a fit or accepted into what we commonly understand as special education programs. Rather than giving up, they created a new option, Chase’s Place, so their children and others like them have a school where they can grow and flourish! I was hooked from then on.
Following the completion of the Community Rock I joined the Junior Board that formed as a recommendation from the project. Eventually, I joined the Board where I now serve as Vice President and Fund Development Officer.