December 2018
Events and Resources from Family Voices of MN
Resources, information and other parents who understand what you are going through
Thriving Through the Holidays: Honoring Your Family's Unique Needs During the Hectic Season
Friday, December 14th
10:30 - 11:30 am

Join our Parent Panel as we discuss tips and tricks for thriving in the holiday season when you have a child with complex needs. From disrupted schedules, crowded gatherings to well-meaning extended family we’ll talk about a variety of ways to make the busy holiday season work for your unique family.  

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December's Topic: Self-Care for the Caregiver

Mac's Fund Offers Grants to Provide Recreation and Social Opportunities for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Mac Shapland was a person who faced many physical and developmental challenges but always kept a positive attitude and was determined to do it his way. Mac brought joy and laughter into everything he did, helping others see the best in life and the value of all people.
Mac and his family blazed many trails that impacted other families in Minnesota and across the country. In honor of Mac, the Shapland family has established Mac’s Fund to provide financial support for families whose children, youth or young adults have special health care needs and/or disabilities to assist with costs associated with unmet needs related to participating in or accessing activities that are not covered by other financial sources.
Monies from Mac's fund will be awarded in $250 one time grants and can go towards social and recreational needs that add to quality of life. Things such as swim lessons, camping fees, class fees, sporting equipment and events that cannot be funded through other sources will be considered.
Families who are interested in applying can email Carolyn Allshouse, Executive Director of Family Voices of MN at for more information.