Family Day Out Starts Up for School Year and Gives Parents a Well-Needed Break

These are just a few of the thank you’s we get on a regular basis….

“Gotta tell you…I had a dream about you guys from Easter Seals…last night. You all were sitting next to our neurologist and I looked to each of you for help with a big decision about his care. That shows how much you guys mean to us….   Thanks for everything.”

“Hunter has been attending Family Day Out through Easter Seals for 4 years.  He looks forward to these Saturdays and spending time with all of the great friends he has made through this wonderful program.  The staff is very dedicated and knowledgeable in caring for children with special needs.  Each child is paired with a buddy who is very loving, caring and compassionate.  It is a very structured program and includes such fun activities as arts and crafts, games, dancing and outdoor play.  Family Day Out provides parents with a much-needed break on the weekends.  I have 2 other children, so I will usually take them shopping, lunch or a movie while Hunter is receiving excellent care.  It gives me the opportunity to do things with my other children that I would not otherwise been able to do.”  

“While we feel incredibly blessed to have such a special family, our resources are stretched to the max – our financial resources, our time resources, our physical energy, and our relational abilities.  One of the great values we have shared since we married almost 14 years ago is keeping a regular “date night”, whereby we can enjoy one another, discuss important things, have fun, and recharge our batteries.  We feel very strongly that the best thing that we can do for all of our children is build a strong and healthy marriage.  Not only will this provide stability for the children, but it will also enable us to work together to meet the needs of our family no matter how difficult or stressful life gets.  These “date nights” are a compass for us and they help supply the sanity, energy and strength we need to press on.  We would not be able to afford the childcare needed for these dates were it not for Family Day Out.”

“Before taking part in your program, I felt myself slowly becoming depressed due to the daily care and thinking about the future for my son can be quite overwhelming.  I am a firm believer that all parents need to take breaks to recharge so that they can be better parents.  When you throw disability in the family dynamics, I can tell you first hand, that it is much more intense.  Since we have used your programs, we have become better parents, more patient, strong, and ever so grateful.  It is caring people like you all that can and do make a huge difference in the families raising children with disabilities lives.”

**Family Day Out is a program which main goal is to provide a break to the parents with an outcome of reducing stress, abuse, family break down and institutionalization of individuals with disabilities.

FDO is a Saturday day-camp for children with disabilities ages 6 to 14 and their siblings ages 6 to 10. Children participate in arts and crafts and other fun activities. Volunteers provide each child with one-on-one attention. RSVP’s: Taken on a first come first serve basis starting the 1st of each month. Contact: Christine Ellery, 713-838-9050 x332, cellery@eastersealshouston.org

 2012 Houston FDO Dates & Locations:
Sat 3/10/12 at Katy Visual & Perf Arts Center
Sat 3/17/12 at Houston Parks Adaptive Rec Center
Sat 4/14/12 at Katy Visual & Perf Arts Center
Sat 4/28/12 at Houston Parks Adaptive Rec Center
Sat 5/05/12 at Mem Drive United Methodist Church
Sat 5/12/12 at Katy Visual & Perf Arts Center

2012 Woodlands Dates & Location: April 14, May 5, September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1; located at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380. For information, contact Kristie at KCarlisle@eastersealshouston.org, toll-free 1(888) 825.9682, ext.472.

Easter Seals Family Day Out, http://www.eastersealshouston.org/Children/family-day-out.html. Volunteers and campers needed!  Support Family Day Out – Join Team Big Cats at www.WalkWithMeHouston.org.

Courtesy of the many thank you notes we receive from our clients.

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