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Achievement Centers for Children
January 17, 2013

My initial exposure to Achievement Centers was as a client. We have a special needs son that attended the summer day camp for several years and loved it. He couldn't wait to get on the bus in the morning even though it was a 40 minute bus ride. The counselors were excellent and the activities and learning opportunities were outstanding. He started going to the respite weekends about 5 years ago. These are weekends the kids or all ages attend from Friday to Sunday to provide a much needed break for the parents. Little did I know these weekends actually provide the kids more of a break from the parents than vice versa! He is beyond excited when he gets there and loves the weekends there. He is not alone. I see many others that are just as excited as him. This is such a great opportunity for them and they take full advantage of it. There are counselors that have been there since he started and they are all commited and understanding of all situations. It is frequently a challenging job to provide round-the-clock care for the campers and they always deal with situations calmly and effectively...true compassion.

My family and I were so impressed by ACC that I became a board member a few years ago. Only then did I see that ACC is so much more than I ever knew...we were involved in merely a fraction of the services. I have worked with professional organizations for over 30 years and the leadership of ACC is without peer, the employees are extremely dedicated, and the board is impressive both in its makeup and its commitment. This is a group that doesn't just use this board as a "resume filler" but are active supporting managment, organization functions, and fund-raising. I had a very high opinion of ACC before becoming a board member, but that respect has grown ten-fold since I have increased my involvement. Great, great important and valuable organization.

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