Redwood is unique in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area because the organization serves children and adults from the age of 6 weeks thru their lifetime. The child care program integrates both typical and children with special needs, thus making for a more diverse experience for both groups. The focus at Redwood is helping people with disabilities realize their abilities and reach their highest potential in life. Add to that a dedicated, passionate staff and you have a top notch nonprofit. I'm very proud to be associated with Redwood!
When I think of everyone in the Redwood community, the first word that comes to mind is Gratitude.
By definition, the word GRATITUDE means the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for, and to return kindness.
Delivering this speech tonight allows me to express my Gratitude. And, I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to begin than by taking a moment to thank all of you in the Redwood community for the support and kindness you have given to our family since Day 1.
Our family became a part of the Redwood community in 2012. My son Winston had just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He was only two and a half years old.
The specialists at Children’s Hospital told us we were fortunate to receive an early diagnosis. However, Winston would need intensive, long-term speech, and occupational therapy.
Without thinking twice, the next day, I made the call to Redwood. The receptionist connected me to Peggy Farmer. A few days later, she was sitting in my Kitchen, explaining to me what Redwood could do for my son.
Eight years later and counting, Winston has made amazing progress. When Winston began coming to Redwood, he was completely non-verbal. Today, he is an expressive and articulate 9-year-old. He is reading at grade level, he is an excellent speller, recently received a Bronze medal for his testing scores from his efforts while taking the 2017-2018 KPREP test at his elementary, a member of his school’s bowling team and is currently on the A/B Honor Roll.
This has all been made possible by the hard work of dedicated individuals like Occupational Therapist, Susie and Speech Pathologist, Kit along with the many innovative educational and therapeutic services Redwood can provide because of generous donors.
Winston has particularly benefited from a cognitive behavioral curriculum implemented in both his speech and occupational therapies called SuperFlex Social Thinking. Superflex helps Autistic children develop an awareness of their thinking and social behaviors and teaches them strategies to help them better self-regulate across a range of behaviors.
As well as the innovative 8 week Social Group lead by our previous, Occupational Therapist, Amy Kinsler during the summers that places Winston amongst peers yearning for to find their way socially.
Cutting-edge therapies & Social groups like these made available to children at Redwood because of your generosity.
Every day Winston is learning more about how to better cope with his diagnosis and move forward in the face of those challenges. Winston truly looks forward to Therapy every week and is excited to see what Amy & Kit have in store for him every Tuesday. It truly has become a staple in his life.
This solid foundation that Redwood provides year after year truly reaches so many lives. Winston and our family are proof of this, and we are forever grateful.
I would like to share something personal with each of you, that I feel conveys our journey since Autism became a part of our lives.
As many of you know, April is Autism Awareness Month. This is my letter to the month of April.
Dear month of April,
I’ve never been a big fan of you. By that I mean, you come each year and your weather is fickle! Oh, and I hear from everyone all over the area, “The Reds are going to win the World Series!” I never really embraced your days and what your month had to offer.However, that all changed in 2012 when my son, Winston, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Soon after, you- April, were deemed Autism Awareness Month.
How appropriate, I thought. Because just as April weather is unpredictable, so is Autism.
There is no map or forecast to tell us what each day with Autism holds. Some days are beautiful and sunny. Other days may feel like you are caught in a downpour without an umbrella.
But I have learned to embrace this unpredictability, because with it comes evolution. Now, year after year, I celebrate you, April. I celebrate our milestones. All the while, knowing our journey is blessed and enriched, and for this, we are grateful!
I wish I could talk to 2012 Becca. I would assure her that as she prayed night after night to hear her son say for the first time, words- “Mommy, I love you”- that one day not only would she hear those beautiful words with great enthusiasm and volume, but so many more words. And that Winston will express Gratitude like no other child.
To all the new Moms out there navigating the unpredictable journey in Autism, I hope you can look to Winston and so many others who are evolving with Autism and graciously declining to let the diagnosis define them or restrict them. Instead, they own their new normal, are bold, celebrate it, overcome the bad days, move on, and repeat.
Thank you, April, for helping us mark our milestones. Thank you, Winston, for everything. And Thank you, 2012 Becca for putting on your big girl pants and advocating tirelessly for your son. With Love, 2019 Becca
Author Melody Beattie wrote, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity….it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Thank you to Redwood from the bottom of my heart.
The attached videos: My Speech to Redwood- Winston speaks at the end. He also reached a milestone in graduating Kenton Elementary, which shows how far Winston has come and it all started with Redwood and of course his school, Kenton Elementary! Redwood has been with us and is still with us each step of the way! Winsont is at Twenhofel now in the 6th grade and still receives therapy from Redwood once a week: Speech & OT!!
Redwood has provided services to my sister Cheryl for 52 of her 54 years . That's right since the age of 2 to adulthood. Redwood's staff and management have been a God send to our family throughout the years with providing exceptional care , and learning instructions to my sister. My sister is so happy going to Redwood every day throughout the year.
My twins attended preschool at Redwood. It was a wonderful experience and taught them at a young age about the many facets of life and challenges people face everyday. Compassionate, caring, and a family away from home. Highly recommend.
I have had the pleasure of volunteering and collaborating with Redwood for many years now. As a corporate partner we participate in holiday parties, Friday dances, and other events that allow us to engage with the clients and fantastic staff members. It's evident they care about those they serve and are always looking for ways to improve. As someone who worked in the non-profit sector for 10+ years, you get to see quality organizations and sadly also those who fall short. Thankfully Redwood is quality all the way!!
I have volunteered with Redwood for over a year now. Before quarantine, I would go in once a week to help out before work. The amount of love and care I saw between people there was astounding, as was the variety of services they offer. I so looked forward to being a part of that community every week. They made difficult, responsible decisions to protect their clientele and staff during the pandemic, and now my role there as a volunteer has shifted. But what hasn't changed is their commitment to the individuals they serve, or the joy with which they provide that service.
Redwood has profoundly impacted my life. As a teenager I started volunteering at Redwood helping in the summer programs. I continued to come back year after year as a volunteer then as an temporary employee due to the consistent inclusive and empowering environment that those youth I worked with experienced. A decade later I became a mother to a son who was medically fragile and Redwood was where we found our ability to grow, embrace, challenge ourselves, and get the care he needed (even during a pandemic). From the moment you enter the door and are greeted you are met with compassion, excitment for the future, and able bodies!
My toddler has been going to Redwood for childcare since 2019. They have been great about helping her in her development; physical and mental. The teachers also do great, engaging activities for the kids.
Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center is such a wonderful place for children and adults! i have seen first hand how caring and loving all the staff and nurses and therapists are to all who come there! And because of that, I have seen clients progress to levels they would not reach otherwise ! I love volunteering here and everyone treats me as part of this big family! I also enjoy being Santa for all the beautiful children there!
Redwood serves individuals with severe and multiple disabilities. As a board member I am constantly impressed with the way that the staff takes on big challenges and completes them successfully.
For example, in the past year Redwood has been accredited by CARF, a major undertaking that required the writing or re-writing of policy on every aspect of the agency from building maintenance to disaster recovery. This was done in 11 months in addition to all the normal day-to-day work.
In the very near future Redwood will begin to offer services under Medicaid's Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care program. This required obtaining a Certificate Of Need, developing new procedures, billing systems, and renovation to comply with hospital-like regulations for the treatment space. In addition, Electronic Medical Record-keeping will be introduced as a pilot program for moving all agency record-keeping (which is substantial) to electronic filing.
Every year Redwood improves its ability to deliver top-notch services in an efficient and effective way. I am proud to be a part of this great organization.
If agencies like Redwood did not "do whatever it takes" to help the disabled and their families, no one else would be there for them. The world would be a poorer place. Redwood has programs for babies, for children and for adults. We literally have clients who have been receiving help from Redwood for over 40 years. Through the many programs each of our clients has the opportunity to maximize their potential, and to socialize rather than be confined. Redwood provides another benefit that is an unintended consequence of their programs. While our clients are blossoming, their families are able to work or care for other children knowing that Redwood is caring for their disabled family member. This might be the only way that normalcy can come to a family struggling with a disability. It is especially gratifying to see that Redwood not only provides these beneficial services for the community, but also does it in an absolutely top notch manner.
Thank you for sharing your personal story of what Redwood means to you and the community.
Thank you for sharing your personal story of what Redwood means to you and the community.
As a parent of a client served, as well as a professional with expertise in this field, I would not have my daughter attending any other agency. She is well cared for, happy, and is very a productive member of the community. The staff is well educated and their goal for each client is for the greatest growth of each.
My daughter, Natasha, has been attending Redwood for over five years now. She dearly loves "going to work." Her days consist of working on the computer to sharpen her skills, which have progressed a great deal. She has made many friends and learned to interact with others, also well as gaining a great deal of independence. The staff at Redwood are remarkable, becoming family, not just workers. Natasha and I have only lived in the area for close to six years. Finding a day program was a major concern for me with our move. We toured several different facilities but knew we had found the perfect place with Redwood. If it were not for Redwood, I couldn't attend nursing school. Even on my days off, it allow me to have time to rest and recharge. Not only has Redwood been of benefit for Natasha but I've also made several wonderful friends. I am so thankful to each and everyone there. The dedication to their clients is remarkable.
Thank you for sharing your feedback, Earlene. Natasha is a delight for Redwood and we're very fortunate to have you advocating for what we try to do for people like Natasha. Thank you!
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 have been a member of Redwood's Strategic Planning Committee for four years and a member of its Board of Overseers for more than a year. Redwood staff and volunteers are among the most committed and passionate people I have ever worked with. They take their mission very seriously, pay attention to detail, and work tirelessly to discover and meet the needs of every client and family. They are good stewards of the resources provided to them by donors and funders. I feel privileged to be associated with Redwood.
Thank you, Paula, for taking the time to add your review!
When my daughter was born with special needs everyone recommended Redwood. She attended the early childhood intervention programs and now as an adult attends the adult program. I don't know what we would do without them. As an adult it was hard to find a place for her to go every day and feel like she is contributing something. Redwood did not hesitate to take her and makes her feel included in anything she wants to do. Everyone there is so kind and respectful of her. None of her physical disabilities phase any of them. It is truly an amazing place!!!
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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.
Our son, Ryan started at Redwood in 1987 when he was 5 weeks old in Early Intetevnention. Three years later Samuel started in EI. Samuel is now back in the Adult Services program and loves it. He is so happy to go there in the mornings to see all of his friends and staff. He tells everyone that he works at Redwood. He even wants to go there on my days off school. I am thankful we have such a wonderful place like Redwood so close to us. It serves the needs of so many different individuals.
Thank you for sharing your story.
My sister was born with CP in 1967. Back then, the doctors simply encouraged my parents to admit her to an institution and let her live her life there. This enraged Mom and Dad and they set out to find a place that would challenge my sister to the fullest extent of her abilities. For many years, they saw her through a series of special schools and special teachers. It wasn't until she turned 21 that they found Redwood. It was there that they discovered a place that allowed my sister not only to be challenged, but that allowed her to grow to the fullest extent of her abilities. My sister is healthy and happy and spends her day in a loving, caring, positive environment where she is looked after and guided to be the best that she can be. Mom and Dad always tell whoever will listen that they view Redwood as a God-send and that if it wasn't for that organization and the wonderful people who work there that they do not know what they would have done. A wonderful side-bar to this story is that Redwood also has a department devoted to childhood development. We were fortunate to have my niece and nephew be able to attend the daycare there. We are all very happy that Redwood is able to provide such a great place for so many members of our family to feel safe and loved.
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Post Glover Resistors, Inc. has been in partnership with Redwood since January 2009. Redwood provides clerical support to us by assembling our product binders in the Work Activity Center. Our binders consist of approximately 40 separate pages, and tab inserts between sections. Redwood is responsible for assembling the pages and tabs in the correct order. The staff at Redwood has also been very accommodating in that they provide pick-up from and delivery back to our location. We are very satisfied with our partnership with Redwood and plan to continue said partnership well into the future.
Thank you for taking the time to provide this review. The partnership with Post Glover Resistors is a wonderful one that benefits those we serve on many levels. Thank you, thank you!
Redwood has truly established an organization dedicated to children and adult with disabilities to assist them in living a quality-led life. They have been doing this since 1953 and have been a beaming light in northern Kentucky for those that need their services. I have seen this in my own life through my two daughters. Since March, my 2 year old twin daughters have been enrolled in Redwood and they have fostered their growth and development through speech therapy, occupational therapy, and developmental intervention. My one daughter has autism and I believe Redwood has been instrumental in her growth in communication and social skills. She has grown beyond what she could have without Redwood. Their therapists, teachers, and assistants are top-notch and some of the most caring people I have ever had the privilege knowing.
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My younger brother has Down Syndrome and as a teenager my family was looking for summer camp/respite services for him. We heard of Redwood by word of mouth even though we lived over an hour away in Southeastern Indiana. My sister worked as a counselor at Redwood's camp, and drove Tony to and from the camp while she worked with a different group. Redwood's flexibility in meeting Tony's needs were unexpected and made it unique among organizations Tony's been involved with, past and present. My family's experience with Redwood set a new precedent for Tony and the services we pursue to meet his needs.
Thank you for sharing you and your family's story.
My association with Redwood started decades ago when my brother was enrolled in the first group of clients that the then fledging organization cared for. Redwood has always been a special place and held dear by all my family. Years after my brother began attending Redwood, my son was born with special needs. Redwood has been a godsend with programs that have addressed his needs through the years. They supplied infant stimulation programs and preshool programs when he was younger. There was summer camp for when he was school age in addition to a variety of afterschool services. Now as an adult, they continue their service to him, allowing him to function to the best of his ability. They are dedicated to taking care of the whole person regardless of age. I am not aware of too many programs where this is true. Our community has been truly blessed to have Redwood make it their home. Praise can never be too high for this organization.
Thank you for taking the time to share your personal story with others.
A wonderful coordination of three organizations came together last winter to give help to those less fortunate. Our Lakeside Christian Church Singles Group came to Redwood Rehabilitation Cehter to volunteer time with winter prep of their landscaping. As we were talking about other volunteer activites of the Singles group, the Outreach Coordinator of Redwood lit up with interest at the request of our need for coats for our coat drive. Redwood DOUBLED our number of coats we gave away through an organization called Shoulder to Shoulder! Redwood students and staff were so woderful in collecting coats. What a way to show true community - help given, help received! -Maryah Miller
Thank you, Maryah! We've benefited a great deal from our partnership with Lakeside Christian Church. Your church has been a blessing to us and those we serve. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
My son has been attending Redwood since August 2008. Even before he attended Redwood their therapists were working with him through a State-funded early intervention program. My son is Autistic, ADHD, has both a primary expressive and receptive language delay, and also has a diagnosed sensory disorder. At Redwood my son has both a Speech therapist and an Occutional Therapist who have proven to me that they truly care about his success and have even gone above and beyond their call of duty by working with his Pre-K teacher at a public school. I believe that early intervention is key to ensuring that children like my son grow into functional adults and it is fantastic that not only are these resources available to us in our community but the integrity of their staff is incomparable to any other organization in the tri-state area.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're glad to hear how strongly you feel about our organization, work, employees, and mission. We are fortunate to have so many talented therapists helping us work with children and adults. Thank you again for taking the time to post a review.
Redwood services children and adults with disabilites. In my many years of volunteer work for Redwood, I have seen first-hand how Redwood's work makes a real and signiicant difference in the lives ofthe children an adults who rely upon Redwood.
Thank you, Phil! We couldn't do it without the support of so many people in our community like you and your family!
My sister is 32 years old and is mentally handicapped. Her IQ is equivalent to a 5 or 6 year old. If it wasn't for Redwood I am not sure what I would do. I have to maintain a job and I this would not be possible without Redwood. She gets such joy out of "Going to Work"' just like I do. THANKS REDWOOD!!!!!
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Many people have shared stories similar to yours, where Redwood has made it possible for them to continue working and providing for their family while Redwood works with their son or daughter to help them achieve their full potential. We are fortunate to work with so many wonderful families!
I have a developmentally delayed little girl, and child care for special needs children is very difficult to find in our area. Redwood took great care of my little girl while I worked this summer. Thank you, Redwood!
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We appreciate hearing from you, and are glad your daughter had a wonderful experience over the summer. We hope to see her again next year!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Redwood. We have been a part of them for 15years. My son has Autism. Fifteen years ago when we got the diagnosis there was not nearly the information available as there is now. We were walked through preschool programs,day programs,socialization programs,desentization,gross and fine motor therapies. You name it they could find a way to help.My son will be 18 soon and Redwood is still a huge part of our lives continuing to grow with us. Each summer my son attends their summer camps and computer camps.Redwood has always had skilled staff and volunbteers. They are always caring and creative My son is entering his next phase of life and Redwood is still the shining star it has been for the last 15 years. Redwood will help with Vocational training, mentoring, and ongoing summer computer opportunities. I cannot imagine our lives without Redwood. Our community is so blessed to have such a loving,caring,trained,educated and innovated group of people. Our son is very disabled, but I know he is better because of Redwood and their staff.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you thought of our services and programs. We appreciate your feedback because it lets us know what we are doing right and helps us to become a better organization at serving people with disabilities.
I was Responsible for the management of the Business Computer Skills program of this non-profit rehabilitation center. I Supervised two classroom aid employees and instructed 25 adults with multiple disabilities, in use of Office software. We used a variety of adaptive technology tools to assist the students in the use of the computer. Redwood is an excellent organization which provides a variety of programs for adults and children with a variety of disabilities.
Thank you for taking the time to share the experiences you had while working here at Redwood.