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October 15, 2010

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October 15, 2010

When my daughter was born with special needs everyone recommended Redwood. She attended the early childhood intervention programs and now as an adult attends the adult program. I don't know what we would do without them. As an adult it was hard to find a place for her to go every day and feel like she is contributing something. Redwood did not hesitate to take her and makes her feel included in anything she wants to do. Everyone there is so kind and respectful of her. None of her physical disabilities phase any of them. It is truly an amazing place!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my family.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more money so they could help more people.

October 7, 2010

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October 7, 2010

For years the Ft. Mitchell, KY, exit off of I75 was just something I drove past on my way to and from the airport. I kept my fingers crossed that nothing would cause me to have to take a Kentucky exit. After all, I was from Ohio and who knows what would happen if I took a Kentucky exit. Little did I know that the Ft. Mitchell exit would one day lead to a fantastic life for my daughter, Taylor. Little did I know that the Ft. Mitchell exit led to Redwood. It's hard to find quality day and after school care for any child. It's even harder finding it for a multi-handicapped child. We were lucky to find day and after school care in Ohio for Taylor for eleven years. But we ran out of luck the summer of 1996. Taylor needed more and more help with personal care and traditional summer camps would not accept her. My fingers were sore from dialing, my throat was sore from begging, and my heart wa sore from rejection. Then I called Redwood. And Redwood said, "Come on down!" The next two years sped along. We lived in Ohio where Taylor attended grade school and after school care. Taylor spent summers attending Redwood summer camp in Kentucky. Things were too good to continue. When Taylor reached middle school we discovered there was NO after school care for anyone. So, I crossed my fingers, I crossed my toes, I crossed my legs, I crossed my eyes, and I dialed Redwood to see if they had after school care. And, once again, Redwood said, "Come on down!" And we did. Only this time we moved to Kentucky. Yes, a family born and raised in Ohio actually pulled up roots and moved to Kentucky. Just so Taylor could attend Redwood. For eight years Taylor attended the School Age Program. In 2006 Taylor turned 21 and graduated to the Adult Independence Program which she continues to attend. Taylor has received so much from Redwood that I felt I needed to give back. So in 2005 I joined the Redwood Board as a Trustee and when I took early retirement from Procter & Gamble signed on as a volunteer. Now everyday Taylor and I take the Ft. Mitchell exit to Redwood. Redwood - a place where Taylor can blossom and thrive; where her special needs are seen, not as obstacles, but just part of every day living; where she can walk down the halls and say "hi" to everyone and have everyone say "hi" back; where she is encouraged to become the best that she, as an individual, can be; where her achievements are acknowledged and praised; where she is accepted; where she is loved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every aspect of every day. Taylor has become the self-assured young lady she is today due to the staff at Redwood.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them all the money they need plus more so they can serve everyone who needs serving.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My daughter gets up in the morning eager to go to Redwood. I never leave Redwood without a smile on my face.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding. They are caring, respectful, dedicated men and women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help everyone.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 5, 2010

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October 5, 2010

Our son, Ryan started at Redwood in 1987 when he was 5 weeks old in Early Intetevnention. Three years later Samuel started in EI. Samuel is now back in the Adult Services program and loves it. He is so happy to go there in the mornings to see all of his friends and staff. He tells everyone that he works at Redwood. He even wants to go there on my days off school. I am thankful we have such a wonderful place like Redwood so close to us. It serves the needs of so many different individuals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with Sam to reach his goals.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They only changes I would make is more funding.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They staff goes out of their way to meet the needs of the clients.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help just about every child and adult that is in need of their service.

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and space

One thing I'd also say is that...

none

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 5, 2010

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October 5, 2010

Post Glover Resistors, Inc. has been in partnership with Redwood since January 2009. Redwood provides clerical support to us by assembling our product binders in the Work Activity Center. Our binders consist of approximately 40 separate pages, and tab inserts between sections. Redwood is responsible for assembling the pages and tabs in the correct order. The staff at Redwood has also been very accommodating in that they provide pick-up from and delivery back to our location. We are very satisfied with our partnership with Redwood and plan to continue said partnership well into the future.

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that we were given a tour of the Work Activity Center prior to our initial agreement with Redwood. This was very helpful to us in planning out how the assembly of our sales binders would flow through the center.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 5, 2010

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October 5, 2010

Redwood has truly established an organization dedicated to children and adult with disabilities to assist them in living a quality-led life. They have been doing this since 1953 and have been a beaming light in northern Kentucky for those that need their services. I have seen this in my own life through my two daughters. Since March, my 2 year old twin daughters have been enrolled in Redwood and they have fostered their growth and development through speech therapy, occupational therapy, and developmental intervention. My one daughter has autism and I believe Redwood has been instrumental in her growth in communication and social skills. She has grown beyond what she could have without Redwood. Their therapists, teachers, and assistants are top-notch and some of the most caring people I have ever had the privilege knowing.

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in both my daughters excelling beyond what I thougt possible in such a short amount of time.The results are unbelievaable. Redwood gave my autistic daughter a way to communicate to us and THAT is priceless.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't say enough good things about Redwood. We love this organization and the people who for redwood.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The caring attitudes with both my daughters. Especially the one with autism. she can be extremely difficult and the therapists never made me feel like she was ALOT. Never. The teachers accommodate a special diet and implemented what I was trying to do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Speech and occupational therapists. Developmental Interventionist. Teachers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Blast off in northern kentucky. This is the first time I felt comfortable leaving my child in someone else's care. I'm a picky, overcontrolling mommy and they loved my kids. truly loved on them and made them excel.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

is that they need more funds to keep doing what theyre doing. This community has thrived because of what redwood does for adults and children facing disabilities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish we could afford to send them to redwood's preschool.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 5, 2010

My younger brother has Down Syndrome and as a teenager my family was looking for summer camp/respite services for him. We heard of Redwood by word of mouth even though we lived over an hour away in Southeastern Indiana. My sister worked as a counselor at Redwood's camp, and drove Tony to and from the camp while she worked with a different group. Redwood's flexibility in meeting Tony's needs were unexpected and made it unique among organizations Tony's been involved with, past and present. My family's experience with Redwood set a new precedent for Tony and the services we pursue to meet his needs.

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The way my family received service from Redwood that set standard for organizations for individuals with disabilities. Redwood staff has also helped my family providing advice to help determine Tony's needs and other programs that may be good fits.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The support Redwood both receives and provides to the Greater Cincinnati community. The community of people with family members with disabilities spread the word about Redwood, and Redwood staff has helped my family in making decisions for Tony's future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 5, 2010

My son has been attending Redwood since August 2008. Even before he attended Redwood their therapists were working with him through a State-funded early intervention program. My son is Autistic, ADHD, has both a primary expressive and receptive language delay, and also has a diagnosed sensory disorder. At Redwood my son has both a Speech therapist and an Occutional Therapist who have proven to me that they truly care about his success and have even gone above and beyond their call of duty by working with his Pre-K teacher at a public school. I believe that early intervention is key to ensuring that children like my son grow into functional adults and it is fantastic that not only are these resources available to us in our community but the integrity of their staff is incomparable to any other organization in the tri-state area.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with Redwood's therapist I now have techniques and theraputic aids that I can utilize in our own home to ensure that my son's sensory needs are being met.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build another Redwood in Boone County

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 5, 2010

My sister is 32 years old and is mentally handicapped. Her IQ is equivalent to a 5 or 6 year old. If it wasn't for Redwood I am not sure what I would do. I have to maintain a job and I this would not be possible without Redwood. She gets such joy out of "Going to Work"' just like I do. THANKS REDWOOD!!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my sister happy for once in she has meaning like everyone else her age. She gets to go to work and loves it.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 4, 2010

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October 4, 2010

I have a developmentally delayed little girl, and child care for special needs children is very difficult to find in our area. Redwood took great care of my little girl while I worked this summer. Thank you, Redwood!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Finding care for my special needs child.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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October 4, 2010

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Redwood. We have been a part of them for 15years. My son has Autism. Fifteen years ago when we got the diagnosis there was not nearly the information available as there is now. We were walked through preschool programs,day programs,socialization programs,desentization,gross and fine motor therapies. You name it they could find a way to help.My son will be 18 soon and Redwood is still a huge part of our lives continuing to grow with us. Each summer my son attends their summer camps and computer camps.Redwood has always had skilled staff and volunbteers. They are always caring and creative My son is entering his next phase of life and Redwood is still the shining star it has been for the last 15 years. Redwood will help with Vocational training, mentoring, and ongoing summer computer opportunities. I cannot imagine our lives without Redwood. Our community is so blessed to have such a loving,caring,trained,educated and innovated group of people. Our son is very disabled, but I know he is better because of Redwood and their staff.

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I have personally experienced the results when I see the kids who attend Redwood working and succeeding in the community. My son is a lot more social and patient with himself and less easy to upset. He is more focused and able to follow and take direction

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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