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Review for Camp Blessing Texas (formerly Camp Barnabas Tx), Tomball, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a parent of two special needs children,I know it is scary to even consider sending your kids that have such a unique and structured scheduled to an overnight camp, let alone a 4 nights camp! It feels like a swimmer jumping into the deep end of the pool for the very first time. Scary - but the plunge needs to be taken. It is an important step that all parents of children with disabilities need to do no matter how reluctant they are to do it. One day, we (the parents) will no longer be around. Away camps help build the independence our children require in order to help fulfill their development into adulthood. Thus, when our family discovered Camp Blessing, through word of mouth of many satisfied clients, we knew we had to try it for our two children. The online registration asked many detailed questions that later our childrens' one on one counselor had access to read to learn every unique detail about our kids prior to them coming to Camp Blessing. The registration process gave me a piece of mind knowing I can list everything from medication requirements to what to avoid such as fear of a loud noise, etc. When camp day finally came, wow was it exciting!!! My girls ran down a tunnel of cheering camp counselors! Other volunteers delivered their luggage to their cabin. My husband and I were then free to speak to one of the four nurses on staff to insure medication was distributed appropriately over the course of 5 days. On day 5, we picked up our two girls. Their faces showed how much fun they had at camp. Their one on one counselor shared so many adventures our girls had at Camp Blessing! The giant swing, ziplining, fishing, canoeing, swimming pool swimtime and singing songs! Fun theme nights --- messy games, dance party, talent show. Praying over the cross in cabin groups and giving praise to our Lord and Savior. Camp Blessing has been THE BEST life experience my girls have ever had. I can honestly say this because they both CRY and do not want to leave on day 5! They both beg to stay longer at Camp Blessing. We have taken our girls on fun vacations like Atlantis and Disneyworld. They have never cried to leave these vacation destinations. They never cry to leave anywhere - a park, a birthday party, a fun waterpark. They ONLY have ever cried to leave Camp Blessing. They both love the counselors, and the Elders (directors) that much. We call Camp Blessing the girls' "Disneyworld." It is their happiest place on Earth. Take the plunge into deep end and put your faith into the love and devotion Camp Blessing bestows upon our children and adults with disabilities. You will not regret it and your loved one will thank you later for it.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Family To Family Network, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Family 2 Family Network has provided me with the power of knowledge. I understand my child's academic rights thanks to trainings, conferences and seminars that were sponsored by Family 2 Family Network. I also reference the Texas Project FIRST website to answer any of my further questions. I am proud to say that I am a Parent Advocate for my two girls and I always try to help others (the best to my knowledge) by educating new parents of children with disabilities. I have Family 2 Family Network to thank for making me a better and stronger person for my children.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Family To Family Network, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Family to Family Network has helped my family become better aware of our rights within the school district. We are parents of two special needs children whom were struggling academically until Family to Family helped guide us in the right direction. Now, with the right modifications in place, our children are successful in their school environment. Thanks, Family to Family Network!

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

watching my chidlren grow academically.

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

I really would not change a thing.

Role:  Client Served & I listened and took Family to Family network's advice.
 

Review for Family To Family Network, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Family 2 Family Network has gone far and beyond the call of duty! If I need any advice when it comes to school meetings to therapies that would best suit my child, F2F network is there to lend a helping hand... FREE of charge! It's like having my own free legal advocate who does the research for me prior to school meetings and therapy sessions. Thank you, Family 2 Family Network!

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

researching laws that can help a parent during the ARD meeting process.

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

having my own free child advocate just a phone call away.

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

parents of other children with disabilities that understand our lifestyle and what trials and tribulations we go through on an everyday basis.

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

force school districts to uphold the Individual Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to it's highest degree of standards.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  General Member of the Public & parent of a special needs child.