Lester W. Miller, Foundation Secretary

The CALIFORNIA SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION was incorporated on 1958 for the purpose of conducting the following three avenues of aid we offer our youth:

  • Aphasia and Dyslexia
    Children with these language disorders are taught under expert therapists to speak, read, and write.
  • Dynamic Freedoms
    Under our Great American Fundamentals program, we distribute to public schools without cost our Supreme Council's history books called Dynamic Freedoms.
  • Student Aid
    Young men and women can apply to the Foundation for a grant to pursue their education at university and graduate level. There is also scholastic aid at individual Valleys.


Organization


The CALIFORNIA SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION is a non-profit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the California Non-Profit Benefit Corporation Law for general charitable and educational purposes.


Mission


The CALIFORNIA SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION is dedicated to support and assist the children in California develop their full potential by providing childhood language services, scholarships and other general charitable and educational programs.


Programs


Childhood Language Centers

The CALIFORNIA SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION has, for years, been offering treatment to children who suffer from speech disorders. In the fourteen Centers supported by the Foundation throughout California, we serve approximately 650 children each month and provide over 40,000 hours of therapy and evaluation services each year. The annual cost to provide these services is over $3,200,000. All these services are provided at no cost to the families of the children. Since 1962, over $43,000,000 has been expended in providing these services.

Scholarships for Undergraduates and Graduate Study

Another major service provided by the Foundation are the Scholarships that are provided to the children of California. These are offered for undergraduate and specific graduate school courses of study. These awards are given annually with many of them being continuing awards until the student graduates. Over a thousand students have been helped by this Foundation program with over $4,150,000 in scholarships having been awarded since the programs' inception in 1959. We have recently increased the amount of the individual scholarships in recognition of the increased cost of education.

These philanthropies are "what we do" and have been made possible by the faithful donations, bequests and other support from people like you. It is our goal to increase the services currently provided. We are seeking a 25% increase in the number of Scholarships awarded annually and a 20% increase in the children served by our Language Centers. We hope to reach these targets within 5 years.

With your help, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the Children and our great Country.

The pride that we feel with the successful history of our Foundation and its programs of Childhood Speech and Language Centers, Scholarship Awards, and the Americanism Program is part of "who we are". We are all facing challenges with the current economic environment. Please remember, however, that the needs of the children we serve do not go away simply because times are tough.


Aphasia and Dyslexia


Grand Commander Emeritus Henry C. Clausen founded our first California aphasia clinic in 1962. Thanks to your faithful donations and bequests, over $40,000,000.00 has been provided to help these children. A child with Aphasia or Dyslexia is often exceptionally bright but unable to communicate or read. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are important. After careful evaluation and diagnosis, treatment can achieve remarkable verbal and reading improvement, sometimes in a matter of months.

The children gain confidence and skill with each lesson. It's a warming experience to watch their progress and to read the grateful letters from their parents. There are no bars of race, color, or creed. Ages range from 3-21 years. Regretfully, we can only provide services to children with speech language disorders. We reserve the right to decline services.

Presently, there are 170 Clinics, Centers, or Programs in the Southern Jurisdiction providing services to over 30,000 children a year. The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Program began in Denver, Colorado, in the early 1950's.

Through the dedication of California Scottish Rite Masons, there are now 15 SCOTTISH RITE CHILDHOOD LANGUAGE CENTERS in operation in California.

2850 19th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 664-4646
(415) 664-4647
Opened 1970

33 W. Alpine Avenue
Stockton, CA 95204
(209) 462-2613
Opened 1982

6151 "H" Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 731-4357
Opened 1987
6310 San Vicente Blvd. #402
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 936-2153
Opened 1977
1547 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 839-1513
Opened 1983
1435 "L" Street
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 498-8393
Opened 1992
855 Elm Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 436-7787
Opened 1978
16 E. Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-8469
Opened 1984
150 N. Madison Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 564-8947
Opened 1996
1895 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92018
(619) 291-2506
Opened 1982
2455 Masonic Drive
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 448-4357
Opened 1984
801 N. French Street
Santa Ana, CA 92702
(714) 972-2646
Opened 2001
4400 N. Varsity Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 887-2335
Opened 1982

625 Acacia Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
(707) 539-3003
Opened 1986

44100 Monterey Ave.
Suite 218
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 341-6208
Opened 2004

Center Volunteers


Our retired members and the ladies' associations of the temples have an active role in our Language Centers. Volunteer time and help are always welcome:

  • to make the children's therapy materials, e.g. picture books, and to furnish toys for the waiting room
  • to raise funds for equipment and operating costs
  • secretarial and telephone help is always needed

Dynamic Freedoms


The Foundation will subsidize the efforts of the Valleys in California to distribute to the elementary and secondary school students these fine books on Americanism. Each year dedicated brethren deliver thousands of books throughout the public education system without cost to the schools.

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