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HANDSON
December 13, 2010

If a person cannot hear or see they must learn by 'hands-on'. I watched as Gay Bellamy patiently helped a deaf-blind individual feel the shape of a comb, then spell the word usng ASL in the persons hand, then feel the comb go through her hair. Repeating this again and again until the person could begin to associate the shape, the feel and the name of the object. That whole process has to be repeated many, many times for each word the person learns. HandsOn provides training, enrichment and a home for persons who are deaf, blind and have additional physical and mental disabilities. I cant think of a more challanging task or a more critical need. God Bless HandsOn!

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

Relating to the particiapnts over a period of years, I have seen them grow in understanding and self care. they have limited potential, but HandsOn helps them be the best they can become.

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

make the community more aware of the good they do and the need for physical and financial support.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I served as Chaplain.

Methodist Mission Home
January 25, 2010

My relationship with Methodist Mission Home began in 1967 when we adopted our son. I've watched the organization grow through good and hard times. When societal changes lessened the need for the cloistered maternity care, the Mission Home adapted. They were pioneers in the movement toward open adoption. Now an adoptive mother has the comfort of choosing and building a realtionship with the parents who will raise her child. when it became clear that the maternity center did not need the full campus again the Mission Home adapted, They went looking for a need and found that Deaf young adults with secondary disabilities were not being well served ad the Southwest Center for the Hearing Impaired was instituted. Yet another change came when it was decided to accept students with multiple disabilities not necessarily including deafness. Now known as the Southwest Center for Higher Independence, this program of the Methodist Mission Home helps oung adults with disabilities to learn independent living skills and job readiness. One aspect of the training the students receive is a course in food safety and culinary skills. Methodist Mission Home partners with the San Antonio Food Bank to prepares the student not only to cook for themselves safely, but also prepares them to work in a commercial kitchen if that is thier interest. SCHI prepares students for a well rounded, independent life. I was privileged to serve as chaplain at Methodist Mission home for sveral years (retiring in June of '09) One event which we developed to help students deepen their spiritual life and develop leadership skills is the annual three day retreat called "A Walk With Jesus". The job coaches help students find job and then mentor them through the first three months. Extra curricular activities in sports, art and music are also offered to enrich the lives of the students. All in all I think the Mission Home is a outstanding non-profit organization worthy of generous support.

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

continued contact with some of the graduates. It is a joy to hear from students who are living successfully on their own.

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

dedicated, skilled ad caring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Former staff & chaplain.