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Integrative Touch for Kids

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Health, Health Support, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: ITK supports families whose children have any type of special health or medical need. This includes kids with cancers, genetic conditions, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic stress, and other serious health issues. We reach 3500 people each year and provide more than 100 different integrative healing therapies such as massage, sound healing, reflexology, energy, equine, play and music therapies through our many programs. ITK works in both the hospital and community settings to change the way people view healthcare. We engage communities in support of families struggling with special medical needs, improving the quality of life for all. Thanks to the incredible support of our volunteers and contributors, families receive our healing services free of charge.

Target demographics: Children with special medical needs, their families, and their communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3500

Geographic areas served: Community & Hospital settings

Programs: patients, family, & staff/volunteers in our hospital and community programs receive integrative wellness services - all free of charge! These include gentle, comfort therapies such as therapeutic touch and bio-field techniques to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and an overall sense of well being.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Integrative Touch for Kids (ITK) is an amazing, visionary non-profit. I first learned about their work about two years ago. Their Hospital Heroes Program at Banner Children’s Medical Center stands out. It offers integrative therapy modalities like massage, Healing Touch, play therapy, and acupressure for hospitalized children and their families free of charge. As young child I went through many traumatic medical experiences, so right away I wanted to help support this wonderful program. ITK’s Hospital Heroes therapists make a big difference. They help calm fearful kids and reduce the pain and worry that can come with stressful hospital stays or chemotherapy. The results are so remarkable that the Hospital Heroes Program is leading the way for other children’s hospitals to do the same. To this end, ITK is presenting its program research at several national conferences this year. Today I now serve as a volunteer grant writer for ITK. I’ve met so many inspiring people and heard many deeply moving stories. I’m grateful and honored to help support ITK’s important work. They are a true treasure in our Tucson community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for ITK for more than 3 years now and I have enjoyed every experience. I found my passion for public health through ITK and it became my life mission to promote community health. The organization has helped thousands of families and inspired so many individuals. The ITK team also provides many opportunities for those in the community to volunteer behind the scenes. I have enjoyed my experience so much that I have encouraged my friends and my sister to volunteer because I know that they can also learn so much. Thank you, ITK! For your hard work, passion, and kindness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to support and volunteer for this caring organization. Everyone I’ve ever interacted with has the best intentions and is so thoughtful in what they do and how they do it. I’m excited to be a part of ITK growing and reaching more people and families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love supporting Integrative Touch for Kids in their mission to serve children and families struggling with serious medical needs in our community. The thoughtful care that goes into everything they do is apparent. The visionary healing therapies ITK provides families is setting a new standard in healthcare and it is inspiring to be a part of it. I have attended their annual Butterfly Gala, witnessed firsthand the amazing Hospital Heroes program, and regularly volunteer in the office. I have worked for many different organizations and I am so thankful that I have found a place where I can use my talents and skills to support a passionate team that helps families feel connected, supported and cared for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful cause and such an amazing group of people. Integrative Touch for Kids helps children and their family deal with serious health issues like cancer and autism. The staff and volunteers are such a caring bunch that you'll feel better yourself just by becoming involved with the organization. I am a fan for life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started Volunteering for ITK after hearing about all the great work they do and I fell in love with their organization. I volunteered at their healing circle and I was assigned a kid to hang out with, do arts and crafts wit, listen to live music with and so many other fun things! All while doing this his parents got to do meditation, cooking classes and other relaxing activities. They where so grateful for the time they had relaxing and they where so happy to see their son getting a relaxing massage by one of ITK's healers when they came to pick him up. it was such a positive experience and full of wonderful people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired teacher, I wanted to find a place to continue to give to the community and I found that here in Integrative Touch for Kids. As a three and a half year volunteer, I am excited to tell others about the wonders that Shay, Kate, and the rest of the hospital team do to those they serve.

Although I work in the office and do "behind the scenes" things, I'm proud to say that I volunteer for ITK. I have seen the difference they make not only at the hospital, but at the community events as well. ITK's Healing Circles bring together families with similar issues and needs while allowing them a day to just...breathe. I watched in awe as the many volunteers and staff worked side by side to ensure that all families were given great care and love. I witnessed children and adults dance, take part in yoga and other self-help seminars, counseling sessions, play time activities, and even helped them create beautiful art pieces.

It is truly amazing the amount of things that this nonprofit organization does with so little. ITK serves the children and families of southern Arizona for free, but most of all, with love, compassion, and care. I encourage you to find a day to watch them in action or better yet, volunteer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a three year volunteer with Integrative Touch for Kids and I can't express my gratitude to Shay, Kate, and the rest of the "crew" who truly make a difference in the lives of Arizona's children and families . Be it be an incurable disease or a traumatic event, many families find themselves in situations that are unimaginable to us and Integrative Touch for Kids is there for them. Never have I seen a more dedicated and totally immersed group of people who give their all so the suffering of others is lessened. Just like a butterfly, ITK continues to morph and add beauty to the world.

Integrative Touch for Kids' Hospital Heroes program places licensed therapists alongside the dedicated doctors and nurses at Diamond Children's Medical Center to aid in the comfort and stress reduction of their patients and families. Through a variety of techniques and their one on one connection, ITK makes a difference. Children and their families, as well as the hospital's staff, look forward to their visits each week. Their smiles are infectious and their gentle touch is soothing.

Integrative Touch for Kids' Healing Circles involve the entire family as well, but outside the hospital setting where fun, relaxation, and healing are paramount. Counseling, group discussions, relaxation techniques and opportunities, as well as games and arts and crafts are just some of the fun and invigorating activities available to those who attend. It is a time for the families to interact with others in a similar situation and gain strength from each other.

Both these outstanding programs are funded solely by the generous donations of others. If you are wanting to volunteer or are looking for a place where your money would make an impact, Integrative Touch for Kids is it. Come join us and help make a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with ITK for 4 months now, and love the organization! From the mission to the people it's an organization with a lot of heart. They definitely walk the walk that they talk.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with ITK for around 4 months now and they have become one of my favorite non profits to work with! I had seen them working in the hospital as I volunteered with Diamonds and I was moved by the way they worked with not only the patients but their families and health care team! Phenomenal team with the kindest hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first encountered the people working for this nonprofit I was struck by their passion. Their passion to bring ancient healing arts into the heart of hospitals and to demonstrate that these diverse, non-invasive healing techniques significantly reduce pain, anxiety, and insomnia to name just a few. Often these hands on and energetic therapies work when medicine cannot, especially in the case of children who can only handle so much medicine in their little bodies. Not only that, this nonprofit is building systems of care that continue to support children and families after they have left the hospitals. I joined as a volunteer because I am inspired by the authentic passion with which this nonprofit is bringing alternative and integrative medicinal wisdom into the western allopathic medicine system for the benefit of all, starting with kids and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of an organization that offers compassionate and individualized care that is often lacking in traditional healthcare services to children and their families in serious medical situations. ITK is filling a need in our community, and I have witnessed ITK staff and volunteers live by example by encouraging wellness lifestyle choices and bringing compassion, kindness, and positivity into the ITK office and culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with this nonprofit has been an incredible experience. I truly think that everything they do and stand for is amazing, and I'm lucky to be able to contribute. I've worked in their office, volunteered at their gala, and worked at their healing circle and each experience allows me to see a different side of this organization. I love ITK and being able to see what a difference they make in people's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the great opportunity to work with Integrative Touch for Kids (ITK). My experience working with the organization has been amazing! I love everything they do. The first time I volunteered was at the Healing Circle. My friend had worked with the organization and recommenced that I volunteer for the Healing Circle. It was an experience that I will never forget. I loved being able to give so much to the families and children. The Hospital Heroes Program is also amazing and I love working with the team giving back in the clinical setting. The work ITK is doing is second to none and I constantly see how big of an impact that they are making for the community! I would recommend this organization to anyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I had the pleasure of being introduced to ITK by a friend. I began by volunteering at their annual Butterfly Gala which was such a great experience! Every person that is a part of the ITK family welcomed me in with open arms from my very first day. I could instantly see from that first day this was such a great community of people giving their own time and wonderful skills to help as many people as possible. The Butterfly Gala was a great introduction into everything that ITK does for this community and the amazing vision they have for this organization! Shortly after that I had the opportunity to volunteer again at one of the Healing Circles ITK puts on. Here I got to see the immediate impact that this organization has on the children and their families. Through healing touch, music circles, and fun cooking classes provided by all their amazing volunteers I got to see children light up and smile from ear to ear the entire day! One thing that I think is so amazing about the ITK vision is not only providing for the children but for the families of these children as well. I saw so many happy children this day but on top of that I got to observe the physical and emotional relaxation of these parents and families. I now have the amazing opportunity of being an intern for these amazing people and organization that impact so many amazing families with what they do. Personally my dad, a cancer survivor, has been in and out of hospitals his entire life and seeing an organization trying to make these visits just a little more enjoyable is something that truly hits home with me and I'm honored to be able to help give back to this community every day any way I can.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ITK is an innovative and holistic way to help children with special medical needs AND their entire families to heal and thrive. Documentation shows that ITK changes lives. As a board member, volunteer, and practitioner, I have seen and felt the impact of this organization for myself, for volunteers, and for children and families. ITK provides in-hospital care, community education and outpatient retreats at NO cost to families. I believe this is a model that can change lives and change the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen ITK change lives. This organization sees not only a person as a whole being - mind, body, and spirit - but also supports families and community as a whole. As a volunteer for ITK, I have seen families and volunteers open up and blossom, to feel heard and understood, and embraced. ITK supports children and families with special medical needs and has created a community, a family, of love and hope and all who are touched by this organization are transformed. In addition to supporting families who often feel isolated, ITK provides experience for young volunteers to make a difference in lives, which makes a difference in the future of our world. ITK started with its pilot program of weeklong Healing Retreats which offered healing therapies such as massage, Reiki, healing touch, music therapy, play therapy, equine therapy, acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy, to children and families at no cost to the family. This model was proven to positively change not only families but how the community viewed families with children with autism, cancer, genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, and other conditions. ITK is now working in hospital to support children and families when they are inpatient. Additionally ITK has provided support groups, inclusive Playdates in the Park and in hospital, wellness education and ultimately, the way health care is viewed.

Rachel C.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a pediatrician who works with hospitalized children, I can speak first-hand to the impact that the practitioners in Integrative Touch for Kids have on the children and families with whom I work. I have seen children with less pain and parents smile for the first time in days after just one session with the Hospital Heroes. They are often able to reach and connect with patients and their families in a way that I can't and support them so beautifully on their illness journey. I am so proud to know them.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of watching ITK at work with children in the hospital. These skilled practitioners can turn distress into joy, pain into calm for parents and children alike. I don't understand how other hospitals can function without them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed by the work ITK is doing. I have worked for them for two years, and have seen the way they transform lives through healing. My area of research and work is in holistic healing, and the understanding that healing is different from curing. It is stronger and longer lasting. ITK has understood the healing process completely! Moreover, ITK brings these therapies to families who are economically disadvantaged and underserved, giving them access to these much-needed healing techniques, when they otherwise would never have them. It is moving healthcare in a direction that is more holistic and personalized. To me, it is the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am simply blown away by the work of Integrative Touch for Kids (ITK). I have seen their work first-hand in the hospital. I have seen children who were in pain be soothed. I have seen parents who were distressed and anxious for their children be given care and strategies for handling their stress and supporting their child. I have seen transformations in a single 20, 30 or one hour session. Truly, this organization has the power to transform the way we care for and handle children with special medical needs-- to create the best outcomes for all.

ITKhospitalheroes

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oursranding organization. Excelence in care for special need kids and their families. A team of compassionate practitioners and volunteers making what seems difficult and impossible to a heart warm experience. A vision and mission very clear to its core.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with ITK starts from the very beginning. I’ve been volunteering for the past 10 years. It’s coutless the life changing moments I’ve witnessed throughout the years . ITK serves also as a bridge that connects families that are isolated from society just because they are caring for a child with special needs. The organization provides a g is their Motto. The new hospital heroes program has grown exponentially due to the level of healing broght to hospital settings. All I can say is that this organization provides healingvariety of healing modalities to a child in need , as well as to the entire Family. Healing and empowerin, inclusion, empowerment and love above all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ITK changed our lives. We received support and understanding for raising a child with special needs. We felt more peace and healing and a community of support.

Claudia S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Itk changed our lives! We felt alone and overwhelmed until we were invited to participate in a Healing Retreat. That week changed our lives and got us much needed help and bonds with other families that would last a lifetime. Having a child/children with special needs affects the WHOLE family and having a community there to support the whole family and provide therapies to help deal with your everyday challenges has been a godsend!! If you are a family with a special needs child I highly recommend looking into ITK and all the wonderful benefits it offers unique families like ours!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ITK and its unique vision makes this is a very special non-profit with an integrative approach to healing and support for special needs children and their families, Having both been a volunteer and honored to be a hosted family at what was a game changing retreat, I have witnessed first hand the wonderful work that ITK does.

Shay and her fine staff and all of the volunteers continue to make ITK a very special non-profit of the highest order. Onward and upward ITK! Bravo!