Special Kids Special Families E-Newsletter
To promote, strengthen & support individuals with disabilities, their families & caregivers
APRIL 2020
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Special Kids Special Families is being vigilant in keeping our clients and staff safe during this time. Additionally, we are following all mandates from various governmental agencies to further do our part to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While we recently and  temporarily  closed our Adult day program due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we CONTINUE to keep all other SKSF programs up and running - Zach's Place childcare / respite care center, Residential Services, Foster Care and Behavioral Health services.

We'd like to thank our teams for their dedication and commitment to our clients and organization. We have placed strict hand washing, cleaning and distancing rules at all of our facilities to keep everyone safe and healthy during this time. As we navigate the uncertainty of this public health crisis, we will continue to assess on a day-to-day basis and keep you informed.
PROGRAM HAPPENINGS
We are keeping busy! Our Adult Program is being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized during this time - walls, kitchen areas, buses, bathrooms. We are also accommodating current client needs by offering home visitations. Our staff has been amazing during this time modifying their current routines. We are so fortunate to have such great staff members who are flexible and willing to go above and beyond!
SKSF staff, Linda, deep cleaning all walls & doors.
Adult Mentor, Pete cleaning & painting the kitchen area.
Adult Mentor, Ashley scrubbing down bathrooms, disinfecting every inch.
At Zach's Place, we are busy too! Disinfecting and sanitizing all toys and keeping the kiddos busy playing outside and offering great indoor activities too! Thanks to our community partners by offering many donations -
Salvation Army and Bimbo Bread of Denver generously donated a car load of bread to help support SKSF programs and families! WOW!
Keeping Zach's Place facility clean & safe by sorting and disinfecting all toys! Staff Ashley & Linda taking on this tedious task.
Blake, ZP Center Assistant & Mbula Adult Services staff built a bike rack helping Zach's Place kids place their bikes upright. Thanks so much!
SKSF SERVICES AVAILABLE
Offered for SENIORS during COVID-19 crisis

Special Kids Special Families is now offering Behavioral Health Services for Seniors. For a LIMITED TIME, we are offering these services at NO COST for individuals with no insurance during the COVID-19 crisis. 
 
We offer counseling and specialized therapy to change behaviors, thoughts, emotions and how people see and understand situations. Our behavioral health team will consider your physical, behavioral and emotional aspects of your health and help determine a course of action that is best for you. In addition, we also offer age specific therapy to individuals from ages 4 through adulthood. Visit our website to learn more.
NOW OFFERED VIA ZOOM!

JOIN US to learn about what it takes to become a foster parent and have all your questions answered. This FREE informational meeting also serves as our orientation to those who have decided to begin the process of becoming foster parents.

NOW OFFERED VIA ZOOM!
WHEN: TUESDAY, April 21st | 6:00pm
Meeting ID: 840 9683 9432 | Password: 054054

RSVP to Sandra at (719) 345-1735 or email
sdunlap@sksfcolorado.org
to get direct link to meeting
FRIDAY, JUNE 19th | 8:30am - 3pm

SKSF is offering QMAP courses for support staff and Host Home Providers caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   All classes include Universal Standard Precautions. These classes are open to the public. Classes are limited to 10 persons per class; $65/person.
SKSF IN THE NEWS
We are happy to introduce SKSF's new Foster Care promotional video featuring the Riehl family. We appreciate Ralph Giordano of ArchAngel Productions for producing the video and the Riehl family for telling their story.

If you are interested in in fostering a child in need, please contact Sandra at 719-447-8983 or visit our website .


The Pikes Peak Senior News​ magazine (Spring 2020 Edition) features Jon Karroll, SKSF Development & Communications Manager, his career journey and link with Special Kids Special Families​.

SKSF Welcomes NEW Board Member
Bijili Purushothaman
Bijili is a native of India and relocated to Colorado Springs in 1999. She had completed her Masters in Finance from India. She is currently working for a360 Inc Firm Solutions as an Accounting Specialist. She has worked for SKSF for about eight months in the Finance department. During her time with SKSF, she has volunteered for the Night of Comedy and Bowlathon fundraising events. It was the participation in these events that kept her interested in SKSF’s mission and she is very passionate about channeling her energy towards charitable voluntary efforts that aligns with the mission. She is married to her husband, Madhu, for 20 years and has two boys. She loves reading, hiking and driving as her main pastimes. We welcome Bijili & glad to have her join our board!
WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) is seeking individuals, couples or families who are willing to care for TEENS with developmental disabilities and/or special needs.   You would become the teen’s Foster Provider (i.e. Foster Parent) welcoming them into your home to provide the care and guidance that they require. As the youth becomes an adult, you would work with them as their Adult Home Provider.  This important step for adolescents with challenging needs is so crucial to their future success. When the adolescent in your home becomes an adult, you would be able to continue to provide care through the Adult Disabilities Waiver Program.
Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) is seeking Host Home Providers (HHP) who can provide care in their home for developmentally disabled adults.
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#GivingTuesdayNow  is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Make a donation in ANY amount to help fund our programs supporting individuals with disabilities, their families & caregivers. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and we'll provide a receipt with acknowledgement.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!