The Scottish Rite

The Scottish Rite of Minnesota

The members of The Scottish Rite learn about their organization, history and mission of the Rite by progressing through a system of twenty-nine degrees of instruction. Through these degrees, the members are taught and strengthened in their understandings of the highest ethics, the wise expositions of philosophy and religion, the blessings of charity, the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. They are provided a forum from which they may explore the concepts and learn the meanings of symbols, words and phrases long considered lost. These were the truths that Plato, Pythagoras, Socrates, Homer and other intellects of the ages held in high esteem.

Through their instructive and historic degrees, Scottish Rite Masons discover and may develop a comprehensive knowledge of the rites of heritage, philosophy, religion, morality, freedom and tolerance. They strengthen their understanding of, and bonds with, their creator, country, families and themselves.

Out of all this, the Scottish Rite and its membership, have set for themselves a mission of supporting a number of spiritual, charitable and moral programs. They are dedicated to their Scottish Rites activities, the maintenance of moral standards and spiritual values, the pride of patriotism, the love of flag and country, and the dispensing of charity without regard to race, color, or creed.

These men, as with all Masons, stand for positive programs, yet they will fight with moral courage and enthusiasm every force or power that would seek to destroy freedom, spread spiritual despotism or political tyranny. They firmly believe and support the concept that the sovereignty of the United States of America and other democratic countries resides in the very control of the people themselves.

RiteCare® – The Scottish Rite Charity

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 disorders. 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® programs operating throughout the United States. Each program operates independently, and relies heavily on local donations. With the support of individuals, communities and local foundations, these programs continue to increase in number. 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 parents, RiteCare® 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.

RiteCare® Grant Program

RiteCare® of Minneapolis-St. Paul awards two-year financial grants(1) to pay up to $7,500 of the cost of speech and language therapy for children.

RiteCare® of Minneapolis-St. Paul accepts children ages three through six who have difficulty speaking or understanding the spoken word. This service is open to residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Seven-County Metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties). Equally important, all services are available regardless of race, creed, or the family’s ability to pay.

An evaluation of a child is required prior to applying for a grant. Evaluations are generally conducted by Speech and Language Pathologists within a healthcare system, school system, specialty clinic, or an independent provider. To find a Speech and Language Pathologist in your area, ask your health care provider or local school district for a referral, or check the local yellow pages under Speech-Language Pathologists.

If the evaluation determines speech therapy is required, parents can apply for a grant from RiteCare® of Minneapolis-St. Paul by submitting the completed grant application (pdf) to or by mail to our office at 2011 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405.

The child’s health care insurance company should be contacted by whoever is selected as the service provider as many insurance companies provide coverage for these services. The grant will pay the service provider for any co-pays and deductibles if the child has health insurance coverage for speech and language therapy. Cost of evaluations is not covered by the RiteCare® grant.

Once a grant application has been approved, RiteCare® of Minneapolis-St. Paul will make the necessary financial arrangements with the service provider for billing and payments. All payments will be made directly to the service provider.

(1)Grant coverage commences from date of grant approval.