Children with special needs have many challenges to overcome, and need extra care. Thanks to your support, children like Lilly and Alden have more opportunities to help them learn and grow.
Lilly attended Sierra Rose Horse Camp through a campership thanks to special donors.
Rachel and her husband are raising two children with special needs. Lilly is 9-years-old and is diagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), anxiety and depression. Seven-year-old Alden was born paraplegic and uses a wheelchair. He also has ADHD and anger problems.
Having two children with special needs is a lot of work, to say the least. Every day is a new challenge. Lilly often has meltdowns and refuses to go to school. Alden needs special attention for basic needs.
Earlier this year, Rachel began working with Erika Phillips and Highfields' Wraparound Program to find resources and support for her children.
Highfields' Wraparound Facilitator Evan Wing is on a mission to change the world, one family at a time.
Evan Wing is driven to help those less fortunate than himself. Growing up, he saw friends go through tough situations and wished he could do more for them. It inspired him to go into the field of social work.
"I wanted to do something that would help make the world a better place," he said.
He earned his bachelor's degree at Michigan State University and was placed at Highfields for his internship.
"I was excited to finally get in the field and start working with families, not just talking about it in class," he said.