Through clinically-based music therapy and expressive arts therapy programs, A Place to Be offers a welcoming, caring environment for people navigating life’s challenges. All are welcome, whether living with Down syndrome, autism, or cerebral palsy, whether grappling with grief, anxiety, or PTSD. Individual and group music therapy sessions, as well as summer camps, day programs, and social groups, encourage clients to discover their strengths while working toward therapeutic goals. A partnership with INOVA hospital offers the largest medical music therapy program in the region, helping clients experience relief, healing, and joy – from stroke survivors to cancer patients, from the NICU to end-of-life. And through performance-based therapy, APTB empowers clients to find and use their creative voices, reminding audiences that, regardless of our challenges, we all have gifts and stories to share. Your gifts are welcome too.

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Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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