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From the Desk of Maura & Charlie

Dear Friends & Donors,

We hope everyone had a great summer and are ready for the arrival of Fall and Winter.  We at Hannah and Friends are ready and looking forward to finishing off 2017 with some enjoyable cooler days at day program, dances and evening programs.  Our summer was filled with fun for our day program participants and campers, and our fall semester has already begun with a wide range of programs from guitar to basketball.  Thanks to our Hannah & Friends board members including, Andrew Entwistle, Dave Mayfield, Tom Mrva, and Charlie, we soon will be able to enjoy a brand new commercial playground!

Before we go on, we want to give a shout out to Kayle, Amanda, Sarah, Tiffani, Jetta & Jennifer for coming up with creative fun activities and for keeping all of our special people safe and happy.  They work really hard to make sure everything is perfect and organized for things to run smoothly and they have the right hearts to make it happen.  We also want to thank our volunteers and interns who allow us to opportunity to offer as many programs as we do, they help us make it happen.

On a personal note, we would like to let everyone know that, although we love Florida and will continue to live here in the fall and winter, we will be spending our summers back in South Bend.  We miss Hannah so much and the heat and hurricanes are a little too much for us.  We can’t wait for next spring to move back and spend some time with Hannah and everyone.

Please keep us in mind for your end of year donations.  We really appreciate your donations and we will make sure your money goes directly to our mission.  We spend wisely on everything we do and purchase. We know the value of your dollar.

Our 2018 golf tournament will be held in Miami, FL again over Presidents weekend, Feb 17 and 18th.  It’s such a great time and if you have never gone you will not be disappointed. The sports celebrities that come every year make it really fun for the golfers.  We promise it’s a weekend that you will remember forever.  It’s also a great gift idea.

We look forward to seeing you next spring and hope you all have a great fall & winter.  Thanks for all that you do to help Hannah and Friends.

Best Wishes,

Maura & Charlie Weis

 

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March is Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Disabilities Awareness Month. Show your support for people with different abilities by donating to Hannah & Friends during the month of March. Money raised will go towards supplies needed for our camps this summer. Our summer camps runs for 7 weeks during June and July. The activities, crafts, guests and games each week are centered around a specific theme. Some of the themes include: Fun & Fitness, Movin’ & Groovin’, Art-Rageous, Science Alive!, and Splish Splash.

This year’s Disability Awareness Month theme – “I’m Not Your Inspiration” – emphasizes that people with disabilities are people first. They are co-workers, classmates and neighbors who want to be fully included in their communities – just like everyone else. We will be highlighting all of the amazing things our participants are doing in the community, so make sure to check back regularly.

Please consider making a donation in the month of March to help us further our mission to raise Awareness & Compassion for people with different abilities and provide a meaningful experience for them in the summer. Check out the video below from last year’s summer camp!

To donate to our campaign, click here.

 

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Dwight & Charlie’s Charity Golf Classic – Gala

Thank you to our sponsors, celebrities, volunteers, the staff at Doral, and especially the Dwight Stephenson Foundation for making this one of our best events yet! We are already looking forward to next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


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Chance to Win 2 Tickets to 2018 Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

Want an opportunity to attend the Super Bowl? With a $100 donation, you have a chance to win 2 Tickets to 2018 Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Limited tickets available so purchase yours today.

The Dwight Stephenson Foundation and Hannah & Friends are hosting Dwight & Charlie’s Charity Golf Classic at Trump National Doral in Miami, FL on February 19-20, 2017. The drawing will be held at the Gala on Feb 19th, 2017 (attendance not necessary). Winner will be notified by email.

Proceeds from the drawing benefit the Dwight Stephenson Foundation and Hannah & Friends. Email golf@hannahandfriends.org with any questions.
Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing. Congratulations to Paul Graham, the winner of the Super Bowl tickets.
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Chance to Win 4 Season Tickets for 2017 ND Football Season

The 2017 football season is right around the corner. With a $100 donation, you have a chance to win 4 season tickets to the 2017 Notre Dame football season. Tickets are located on the 50 yard line. Limited tickets available so purchase yours today.

The Dwight Stephenson Foundation and Hannah & Friends are hosting Dwight & Charlie’s Charity Golf Classic at Trump National Doral in Miami, FL on February 19-20, 2017. The drawing will be held at the Gala on Feb 19th, 2017 (attendance not necessary). Winner will be notified by email.

Proceeds from the drawing benefit the Dwight Stephenson Foundation and Hannah & Friends. Email golf@hannahandfriends.org with any questions.
Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing. Congratulations to Mike Zimmer, the winner of the Notre Dame tickets.

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Home Sweet Home: Essential Special Needs Home Repairs

By Paul Denikin

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Photo via Pixabay by Steve Buissinne

 

Safety starts in the home. It’s the place where you can let your guard down. You should be able to bake chocolate chip cookies, curl up on your couch with a good read, and dance around in your room to your favorite song with complete confidence that you are comfortable and secure. However, if your child has a disability or special health care needs, creating a safe, comfortable home might require some special modifications. Comfort and accessible are synonymous when it comes to home safety. Renovating some key areas in your house can evoke a sense of freedom and security for the entire family. Here are a couple of places to start:

 

Approaches, Landscapes, and Doorways

Your rooms can be as comfortable as possible, but it won’t make a difference if you and others can’t easily enter, exit, and move around the house. Instead of stairs, ramps and/or lifts are a good alternative. Ramps are generally less expensive, more reliable, and less prone to breakdowns. If the amount of space from one level to the next is too large for a ramp, there are many types of lifts, like inclined platforms, vertical platforms, and stair lifts.

If your house needs to be wheelchair accessible, your doorways should be at least 36 inches larger to allow for easy maneuvering. If 36 inches isn’t possible, 32 inches will work as well, but that is the minimum amount of space needed. Consider installing either wide throw hinges or swing clear hinges, both of which can add more space in the doorway. In some cases, a door might not even be necessary. Door handles and locks might need to be readjusted to a lower height.

On the exterior, level the ground and remove potential hazards so everyone can enjoy the space. Create paths friendly to wheelchairs, walkers with poor mobility, or those with impaired vision. For doors that lead outside, minimize the size of doorsteps and thresholds and remove doormats. For added safety measures, carve out a peephole or small view panel in the door at an accessible height.

 

Friendly Flooring

This is one of the most important repairs, and should be a consideration for every room. The material needs to be durable, smooth, firm, easily cleanable, and not prone to buckling or bunching. Some material that is both practical and affordable is vinyl, cork (though not for wheelchairs), or laminate. A better floor can prevent trips and slips, and if your child happens to fall, prevents major damages to their body.   

 

Lights Please

All controls for electrical appliances are reachable, like light switches, outlets, or thermostat controls. Sometimes, the direction of the lighting may need to be redirected, or the fixtures may even need to be changed. A remote system works well for things like ceiling fans.

 

Bathrooms

Some rerouting in terms of plumbing may be necessary. Sinks should be higher than usual so a wheelchair user can roll straight under without reaching or stretching. Instead of using bulky cabinets for storage, install in-wall compartments for maximum space. Install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower. Raise the level of toilets and provide a completely level surface for showers to allow direct walk in or roll in entry.

 

Resources

For more ideas, visit some of these sights:

Being mindful of how your child moves around the house, how they feel when they’re at home, and other stimulating features can make the difference for the entire family. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. There are numerous resources to get funding, find the right person to renovate, and support the emotional needs of everyone involved. Creating a comfortable and safe home is achievable.

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#GivingTuesday – November 29, 2016

Hannah & Friends will be joining ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ hoping to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season and to inspire action around charitable giving. On November 29, 2016 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving with purpose. This #GivingTuesday we ask for you to support Hannah & Friends. Help us take the ‘dis’ out of disability and raise money for kids and adults with different abilities. Money raised will support our programs – music, cooking, art, animal club, basketball, dances, and karaoke nights. Stay tuned for more information!

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Thank you for supporting our programs to help us take the ‘dis’ out of disabilities!

 

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Science Alive Week

This week at summer camp it was Science Alive Week! Over the course of the week we did tons of fun experiments and even had a few special guest! One of our favorite guests this week was Miss Tracey, a florist from Martin’s Supermarkets. Tracey talked to the campers about all of the different types of flowers and which ones are the most popular. We learned that the most popular flower sold on Mother’s Day is a rose or a potted plant! Tracey talked about how flowers are like giving someone a big hug, because they bring so much joy and love to the person you give them to. Our campers loved getting their very own ‘hug!’ Thanks for coming to visit us Tracey, we loved hanging out with you!

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