Would you be willing to partner with us to care for kids with special needs? My husband and I accept no salary (neither does our Board) and we have never given a parent a bill. The only people who are paid are the therapists and our medical biller. Believe it or not – most often insurance and/or medicaid does not cover the cost of therapy – let alone rent and utilities.
Would you partner with us to continue to care for these kids and their families?
Currently there is no special needs or developmental therapy center within 60 miles or more of the Northern Wisconsin towns of Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae, Rhinelander, or Lac du Flambeau, to name a few. Parents with special needs children, whether developmentally delayed, autistic, having downs syndrome, cerebral palsy or other challenges, who seek outside resources to supplement and enhance school support or birth to three services, have no viable options in Northern Wisconsin. Local hospitals and clinics will not treat children for physical, occupational or speech therapy. Northern Wisconsin lacks a developmental therapy center for special needs children. It lacks parental and family support as well as community and training even more. We want to be that place of support, mentoring and community for Northern Wisconsin all while developing a center that helps kids reach their full potential.
Gracie’s Place. We have created a space that offers occupational and speech therapy as well as therapy groups and an area for respite and community for families.
In addition, we would offer hope and practical support for families, offering training and mentoring on things like how to be your child’s best advocate, finding the best medical resources, newest research that may be of interest, potential grants for added therapies and at-home equipment, practical advice on caring for their child at home as well as caring for self and family. Our desire is to create a Christ-like community of mutual support and caring for children and their families.