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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have two adorable special needs granddaughters. Skyler is twelve and has autism and her little sister, Brook, is seven with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and intellectual disability. Until this summer they had never stayed away from family for even a day, but this summer the went ti Camp Blessing for five days and four nights.

We were terrified to leave tge girls but going to their start up dinner made us relax. The volunteer counsellors were wonderful and showed us around the camp. They managed to get the girls to try the big swing which was tricky given Skyler does not like to try new things. The next day she said it was scary, but she would do it again when they went to summer camp. By the time we left we felt confident the girls would have fun and be safe.

When we met their counsellors they were amazing. They asked about the girls - what to watch for with Brook's seizures, if Sky coukd be touched or not, and we volunteered that Brook is a runner and that Skyler will stop and squat anytime, anywhere to watch a bug.

We left the girls and expected a call to come get them when night fell, but no call came. They swam, rode horses, did the zipline, big swing and canoe. They had a themed party every night and had a ball. They are already planning a return next summer.

This was a wonderful opportunity for them to spread their wings in a safe and loving environment. It is difficukt to find ways to expand their world, but Camp Blessing is clearly one of those places and a true blessing to the special needs community.

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Review for JOYRIDE CENTER INC, Magnolia, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have rwo special needs granddaughters who ride at JoyRide in Magnolia. Skyler is twelve years old and has autism and the wonderful instructors and volunteers at JoyRide have helped her so much to come out of her shell. They were all thrilled that Skyler was laughing, talking and smiling while competing at Top Hands and at state special olympics. Most impressive was her having a meltdown when we got to the state competition, and having the ability to recover, regroup and compete.

Brook is seven years old with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. The folks at JoyRide have worked sonhard to help Brook. As her cp tremors have increased they have even moved her to a private lesson out of concern for her safety.

JOYRIDE has improved the quality of life for both Skyler and Brook and we are so grateful they are there for us.

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

Rating: 5 stars  

This organization was wonderful and getting Brooklyn demand to the little rustlers event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Brooklyn love the cowgirl that was assigned to her and had the time of her life roping and riding and just being a wonderful kid. Brooke has CP epilepsy in intellectual disabilities and this group has always supported us in every way possible. They were the first organization to reach out after Hurricane Harvey with offers to help us. They were also the ones we turn to so that we could help others affected by Hurricane Harvey. This organization has been helpful to tremendous number of Children and Families

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

Rating: 5 stars  

We have two special needs girls who will be spending their first overnight camp at CAMP BLESSING this summer. We are so blessed to have this opportunity fir the girls. The camp is letting the sisters ages 12 and 7 be in the same cabin along with one of their friends. Everyone at CAMP BLESSING has been a blessing for Skyker and Brook.

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Review for JOYRIDE CENTER INC, Magnolia, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We have two special needs girls who have been riding at JOY RIDE for little over a year. Skyler is twelve and is autistic with adhd and Brook is seven with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. JOY RIDE has helped both girls tremendously. For Skyker the riding helps her with her social skills deficits. For Brook there is a remarkable improvement in her weak core strength. Equine thetapy is the only therapy the girls tjink of as FUN. We are grateful everyday for the kind leaders at JOY RIDE and all the wonderful volunteers who make tjis possible for the girls. This is an excellent and deserving group.

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

Rating: 5 stars  

After the flooding subsided in Houston, Family to Family reached out to see if there was anything they could do to help our two special needs girls. With the Help of an organization in Ohio called The Make It Fit Foundation, each of the girls received a lovely weighted blanket. Both girls were traumatized at having to evacuate our home for a night and are currently terrified at any sign of rain or thunder in the area. This was a wonderful gesture by very caring individuals in Texas and Ohio! Brook is 6 and has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and intellectual disabilities - she is she one under the dino blanket. Skyler is 11 and she is high functioning autistic with ADHD, she is the one smiling for the cameras.

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