Ive been on and off with Ethel's Tree of Life since 2009. I started with the summer work program because my daughter is disabled. It has opened my eyes to help me with my daughters disability and to help me be a better person. Ive enjoyed my time with Ethels Tree of Life and will continue to help out as much as I can. ETL is a great cause and Linda(the director) works well with the children bringing them to learn life skills to help them transition into adult life. I just hope that when my daughter comes of age that she too can become an ETL student.
ETL has helped us to understand how much our granddaughter is able to fit in wityh her peers and overcome her anger with social skills and lots of understnading. She ahs been on a train ride and couldn't stop talking about her day. She has learned to overcome most valid fears. Linda has done such a great job with all of youth in the years she has given her life and time to.
Ethel's Tree of Life students achieve amazing things! One achievement might be going on a trip for the very first time without a family member or support person, another might be being brave enough to take the train into Boston alone for the first time. Other achievements might include becoming aware of opportunities to give of oneself in one's community, understanding life long learning opportunities, and, how to build on one's abilities. Developing an "I Can" attitude may be the biggest achievement of all!
Ethel's Tree of Life was founded due to a need in our geographic area for transition training in life and work skills for a very vulnerable population of youths and young adults. Since 2003 ETL has been serving Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern York County Maine with activities, opportunities, and, adventures that help to build the skills that will be needed in adult life.