RiteCare Program

posted May 26, 2015, 5:47 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 4:30 PM ]

About the RiteCare Program

In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language dis-orders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.
Today, there are 178 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and par-ents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.
Funding for the RiteCare® Program provided by the Scottish Rite Foundation, Southern Jurisdiction, USA, Inc., and local Scottish Rite Foundations Directory of RiteCare® Clinics, Centers, & Programs

Program Eligibility

As a rule, the RiteCare® Clinics accept preschool children who have difficulty speaking or understanding the spoken word or school-age children who have difficulty learning to read. Some centers also offer literacy training for adults.
Inquiries on age groups and program offerings in specific areas should be addressed to the director of the local Scottish Rite facility. Equally important, all services are available re-gardless of race, creed, or the family’s inability to pay.
While all children in need are eligible for available RiteCare® Program treatment, please consult with your local facility for specific financial information.
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Please don’t forget that our primary philanthropy here in the Valley of San Jose, is our own Clinic. We need your financial support in order to operate. At times our waiting list becomes way too long because of the lack of funds to do a better job and serve more children. The public schools refer children to us and sometimes we cannot do anything more than put them on the wait list. I am well aware that we receive requests for donations on a daily basis but don’t forget helping our own philanthropy right here in San Jose. If you can, make us the first on your list.