My sister, Pamela, has been traveling with New Directions for over twenty years. The joke in our family is that she has been on more trips and seen more places than the rest of us combined. She has had one marvelous trip after another both domestic and international. The highlight of each year is the trip she takes: the sights she sees, the people she meets, and for us it is knowing she is happy and safe. As Pam's abilities have changed over the years, New Directions has adapted to make sure she continues to have a great experience.
For a real feel good experience, volunteer on an outing! Travelers are unrestrained with their enthusiasm and honest appreciation for the experiences they have. Many of the travelers would never have the opportunity to have the life time memories they get on the trips that ND provides.
I have been on the New Directions Board for a number of years, and am continually enriched by the commitment of staff and tour guides. Dee Duncan, the founder of the organization, is its heart and soul, and she continues to surround herself with big-hearted people. My daughter traveled with New Directions a number of times and loved every minute of each experience - especially the laughter and fun created with the tour guides and the other travelers! When she was ill a few years ago, I asked her what she would like to do when she became stronger. She said she wanted to go to Hawaii again with New Directions, rather than with family! They experience such a wonderful freedom. I am honored to serve on the Board.