My daughter Jewel was born premature is a surviving twin. We were not prepared for needing so much specialized help for her. Jewel has cerebral palsy and received early intervention from Imua Family Services, which consisted of O/T, P/T and SLP. On Maui there are not many options to obtain this high level of specialized services. Even after Jewel phased out of the early intervention program, she continued receiving SLP through the Fish fund at Imua. Jewel's cp effects her whole body, all her limbs and internal organs including her muscles. Through these early lessons, she is able to eat her own food and speak, though not as clear as you and I, yet. She is wheel chair bound and depends on 24/7 care. I have volunteered to fundraise for Camp Imua which Jewel attends, and has attended for the past five years. It is what she looks forward to all year long. Here at Camp Imua dreams come true, best friends are made and potential is nurtured and enhanced. Our sense of community has amplified since going to camp and being a part of the fundraising team. Imua Family Services is an integral part of our community, changing the trajectory of our children's lives and their world through Camp Imua. Thank you to all the Staff at Imua Family Services and all the volunteers that make Camp Imua continue to thrive. Respectfully, Ivana
Thank you, Ivana for sharing your experience with Imua. We reflect the devotion of our community which includes parents like you!
Imua Family Services has many wonderful programs for children with special needs, but the one that has affected me the most is their summer camp for school-aged disabled children, call Camp Imua. It's a weeklong summer camp in june for 50+ kids with all kids of disabilities. I have been volunteering for 4 years now, and it is the best community driven volunteer opportunity out there. I'm 17 now, and have volunteered at Camp Imua since I was 14, and I have seen children's lives change because of Camp Imua! It is a wonderful program that has been going on for over 30 years, and it is FREE for disabled kids to attend!! There are all kinds of "normal" summer camp activities for these kids to get to participate in, including a swimming pool, arts and crafts, horse back riding and more!! So many opportunities that these special needs kids wouldn't have gotten the chance to participate in without Camp Imua.
MAHALO for your time, hard work and kind words, Raven2!!