The fourth annual Create, Connect and Commit Fundraising Breakfast, held March 23 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, raised more than $27,000 for Janus Developmental Services.
Janus, located at1555 Westfield Rd.in Noblesville, provides education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Hamilton County. Its initiatives include First Steps, an early intervention program for school children with disabilities, and the Hamilton County Express, which provides transportation around the county and into north Marion County for individuals with disabilities. Last year, Hamilton County Express provided more than 45,000 rides, for a total of 464,422 miles.
According to Janus’ CEO Connie Sanders, the First Steps program, which served 258 students last year, saves the state $13,000 for each student who does not enter into state education programs because of Janus’ assistance. Last year, Sanders said Janus saved the state $2.4 million through First Steps.
Janus’ work in helping Hamilton County residents with disabilities wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of volunteers and parents who have believed in the program, Sanders said.
“We know the power of a parent’s love, and the passion with which they’ve worked with us,” said Sanders.
For more information about Janus Development Services, visit www.janus-inc.org.