April 14, 2011
ConnectAbility and Sidekicks are amazing! My daughter and I had the privilege of visiting the Sidekicks respite program and observe what a blessing it is to the people served and their families - and also to those volunteers who help make it possible. It is a loving, caring environment where people are treated with dignity, respect, and just valued for who they are. There is fun, crafts, snacks, Bible stories, music - and parents/caregivers get some needed rest during this time. Jacquelyn Daniel started all of this and has some of the most dedicated volunteers. It is hard work but is a passion of hers to help people with disabilities.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Observing Sidekicks helped me start a respite program at Duluth First Baptist Church. We have about 25 children every month on a Saturday. Also, Jackie's example is helping others around the state do likewise through her facebook and internet postings and also by sharing at Developmental Disabilities Ministries Opening New Worlds Conference this year.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
No changes to the program and all that they do to help people with disabilities. Their heart for others is incredible. Just wish there were more funding available, and additional volunteers are always needed.
Professional with expertise in this field & I observed and wrote an article in the Developmental Disabilities Ministries newsletter as an example for churches and others fo follow and also asked Jackie to present a workshop at our annual seminar on "Respite Care Toolbox." It was the most popular w.