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.
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.
Ways to make it better...
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.
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...
Ways to make it better...
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & Parent of client, volunteer, and board member.