October 28, 2010
In 1983 my husband and I walked into Redwood carrying our 2 year old son Bowen not knowing what to expect. Bowen had a traumatic birth resulting in severe cerebral palsy and all that comes with it. Seizures, vision impairment, non verbal, total reliance on caretakers for all personal needs, the list goes on and on. Little did we know we had started the process of adopting Redwood into our family and Redwood has started adopting us into their family. We commuted between Cincinnati and Kentucky for 5 years because there were no programs in Cincinnati with the services Redwood provided. When Bowen was 7 we made the big move across the Ohio River and haven't looked back. Bo is now 29 and is a daily participant in Redwood's Adult Services program. Redwood has enabled Bowen to be the wonderful young man he is, always viewing him as an individual, treating him with respect, dignity and love.
In 1990 I was asked to head up the Parent Group and serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 1992 I was selected as the Board President and continue to serve on the Board of Trustees, Governance Council and Program Council. The last 18 years have been years of change on every level for Redwood. The ability of the agency to remain fluid and accepting of change has allowed services to flow to those most in need and the most difficult to serve.
In closing, I can't imagine where my family would be without Redwood.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I just have to look at my son Bowen . Bowen is a shining example of Redwood's mission and accomplishments. I'm very proud of him and know he wouldn't be the person he is without Redwood.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Devote staff and board resources to encourage families to be involved with Redwood by developing a marketing plan targeting families and caretakers.
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?
How much of an impact do you think this organization has?
Will you tell others about this organization?
How did you learn about this organization?
Through a friend
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Currently Redwood is working to establish a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Program. (PPEC) PPEC will further Redwood's mission allowing it to reach the most medically fragile children, providing them with stimulating, quality, therapeutic programming and allow families to be productive members of the community. This comes at a high cost. Start up costs needed for remodeling and purchasing materials to establish the program is approxmately $84,500.00
What is its top priority in the long run?
To establish ongoing, secure funding to further Redwood's mission.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & I've worked as a volunteer for 22 years working closely with staff to develop day care for children with and without disabilities, chaired fund raising events and continue to serve as a memeber of the board of trustees.