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  Touching All The Senses

December 2013  
Hello from the President,

Happy holidays from Special Haven! It is with great joy that we announce the completion of the multi sensory room in November of 2013! It has been a little over 2 years since a few of us got together with a vision to build a state of the art multi-sensory room for our special needs community in East County.There have been both struggles and victories along the way, as we kept moving forward with the dream.  I am so proud of the all the board members who put in so much of their time to see this dream become a reality.  All the meetings, the events, and the planning was all worth it when I saw the completed room the other day.  I am also amazed with all the wonderful people who believed in our dream and supported us over the last couple of years.  The idea of a multi-sensory room is hard to grasp sometimes, but you all stood by us and I want to thank you all and let you know that, WE DID IT!!!
 
I know that it is the holidays and we all have so much going on and so many things to do.  We find ourselves looking for special gifts, planning parties with family and friends, cooking huge meals, and decorating our houses, that we don't always take to the time to sit down and take a deep breath and just enjoy the moment.  We at Special Haven would like to take this time to offer our gift to the special needs families in East County, our multi-sensory room.  Please schedule an appointment, drop by, or plan a trip to come see this amazing room.

Thank You,
Vicky Dunn 
 
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Welcome to Our New Multi-Sensory Room!
by: Christine Schawb

Special Haven, after our spectacular renovation is a magical place for special needs. It is a soothing and fun place to play. For myself, as a caregiver and special needs parent, it is a wonderful place to bring the children, and a great resource to introduce to the families I serve. The advanced training we received as parents and board members will help us utilize Special Haven to its full potential, as a therapeutic, fun, and a learning environment. 

Andi Madsen, a Special Ed teacher at Liberty High School, was in our first training session and has already
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The Benefits of a Multi-Sensory Room
by: Ana Chuey

Some of us don't mind the daily outdoor sounds and smells such as the birds chirping in the morning, the smell of freshly cut grass, the taste of that first cup of coffee, that feeling of sand between your toes on the beach, or maybe the amazing orange colored sky at the end of a beautiful day. Some things make us feel great while others don't appeal to us. As a typical person you are able to take in want you want and block out what you don't need. For those with special needs, it can be overwhelming and challenging to process sounds, scents, touch, taste and see certain things.  Learn more

Become Involved with Special Haven
by: Christine Schwab

As we celebrate our grand re-opening and marvel at the transformation of Special Haven, we the Board of directors and also the greater Special Needs community must also look to the future. Our ongoing goals include serving the community at minimal cost to the user, maintaining the quality of the experience, training the teachers, caregivers, parents and continuing to spread the word. In addition to upkeep, we will have the ongoing expense of rent and utilities, and the great responsibility and privilege to carry out our promise, and keep our doors open for the long term. We look to our  Learn more 

 

Upcoming Events
Special Haven will be hosting several different events in the next few months.  Some will be fundraisers and others will be family events.  Be on the lookout for flyers for our upcoming events.
  • Multi-Sensory Room Training - Sunday, January 5, at 12 noon.  Special Haven will be holding a training session on how to use the equipment in the new multi-sensory room.  If you are interested in attending the training please contact Jude Byrne at judeb@specialhaven.org.   
  • Grand Re-Opening - Sunday, January 12, from 11am to 2pm.  Light refreshments and entertainment, including Bricks 4 Kidz, Elite Dance Studio, and a magic show by John Gardenier. Please stop by and bring the kids. 
  • Super Bowl squares - Enjoy the Super Bowl and help us raise money. 

Thank You - 2013




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Car West Auto Body
Community Bank of the Bay
FastSigns - East County
FLG / Feldman Law Group

Intuitive Healing Center
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Jessie Mellan 
Max Martial Arts
Ortega Ortho

Roberts Chiropractic 
Schooners Grille and
  Brewery
Schwab Family Childcare
Seel & Wright, LLC 
Twin Tigers Academy of Self
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$300 and Up

Art From The Heart - Mirna
  Remson
Jeanette Miranda
Jim & Janet Frazier
Marie Wood
The Fremont Group
  Foundation -Peter Gattos
Vela Insurance Services 

Up to $299

Angela Gattis
April DeMasi & Doug Miller
Ashley Castaldi
Barbara Robinson
Carol Hoffman
Cheryl & Curtis Spence
Derek Roy Bell
Garry Ridolfi
Hector Galarza
Jay Bulhous 
Jessica Rodriguez Franke
Jill Heckendorn
Jill Peterson
Mark Karbo    
Mark Miller 
Mary Black 
Seena Benavides  
Sue Narag Stover
Thomas and Zosima Chuey

 

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