LETTERS: Self-advocacy group needs help with bills

To the editor:

Self Advocates Leading Together (SALT) is about people with disabilities learning about their rights, how to ask
for them in an assertive way, and making sure our voices get heard, as well as getting together and having a great time. The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month, at locations in Arden Hills and Spring Lake Park. Its members meet to discuss issues including housing, transportation, legislative, employment and more.

The group would like to have fun events for its members, but the recent Halloween party was a difficult learning experience. Signups placed the number of attendees at 140, so that was what was guaranteed for the event, which included food and a DJ. But fewer than 100 people showed up.

What people need to understand is: when you RSVP to an event, the organization hosting the event MUST pay for your meal whether you attend or not! Because so many people said they were coming and didn’t, our organization didn’t raise enough money to pay all of the bills for the event including the DJ.

Both Banquets of MN and the DJ were kind enough to give us a little bit of a break, but we are still about $350 short of what is needed. Because of this, we will no longer be able to have fun events unless people pay ahead of time.

If anyone wishes to help the group defray its costs, donations can be mailed to Kathy Sanders, 2520 Fairoak Ave, #109, Anoka, MN 55303. Checks should be made out to: Self-Advocates Leading Together or SALT. Anything would help!

Thank you!

If anyone has questions about the group, contact Kathy Sanders at 763-443-4274 or Katie McDermott at 651-815-2263.

-Kathy Sanders, Anoka