FIRE Foundation: 25 Years of Igniting Inclusive Catholic Education
The FIRE Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization, makes it possible for partner Catholic schools to hire special educators and paraprofessionals and to acquire learning materials and technology that create successful learning experiences for all children.
Without grants from FIRE, most schools would not be able to welcome students with Down syndrome, significant learning disabilities, many who are on the Autism spectrum and students who face other special learning challenges. In inclusive learning environments, children grow up knowing and appreciating each other’s unique gifts.
FIRE opens doors. And hearts.
Lack of resources is often cited as a reason for turning away students with disabilities.
Since 1996 FIRE has invested over $6.7 Million in student success
"Build an educational relationship with each student, who must feel welcomed and loved for what he or she is, with all of the limitations or potential.”
FIRE is investing over $800,000 in Catholic schools in our Diocese through grants, scholarships and a Speech-Language / Occupational Therapy program during the 2023-24 school year. In some schools this supports up to 60% of inclusive programming.
It is a blessing and a privilege to partner with Catholic schools that are committed to embracing the call to serve all learners.