Together, we create a special world: a world of love, a
kinder world, a world that celebrates life
and all of its challenges.
Our FundingMany of our member organizations serve communities that have very limited resources. Without assistance, it is extremely difficult, if not sometimes impossible, for these communities to afford the expensive equipment, facilities, and one-on-one staffing that children with special needs must have in order to thrive and reach goals otherwise thought unattainable for them.
Partnering with SKF, these organizations are able to provide the communities they serve with unique, cutting-edge programs that are continually opening new vistas and horizons for the physically and educationally challenged.
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SKF Partners At Work
Many of the programs that we help to support are unduplicated. For example, in one program, youth at-risk are cared for by pediatricians who act as surrogate grandparents. They monitor these dysfunctional children with the avowed goal of raising the self-sufficiency and self-esteem of both the child and his or her family. This program is widely acclaimed: “…given today's climate, it is a refreshing reinvention of the old family doctor idea so long revered in America. We should all fan its spark."
Here is another shining example of unique programming inspired by our professionals: an on-campus volunteer, a 'Teacher of the Month', organizes a group of colleagues to sit 'round the clock' in the hospital with a little girl following surgery to install a g-tube (for feeding). This little girl's only method of communication was crying. The volunteers wanted to give the mother respite relief. One of the volunteers started to cry herself when seeing how people stepped forward to give up their weekend, saying, "Isn't this incredible? There seem to be Angels at work in the room!"
Here is yet another heartwarming example: summer camp counselors fly in during their college “winter break” to visit a camper with cerebral palsy who is recuperating from hip surgery.
And there is even more to the SKF partnership: electric wheelchairs as well as adaptive and communication equipment are provided to help fill the “funding gaps” for children with multiple disabilities and profound deafness. State-of-the-art computerized augmentative communication is developed and implemented for non-verbal students, eventually allowing them to be mainstreamed into regular schools.
Our Unique Vehicle ProgramOur unique program for distributing wheelchair vans to clients and their families. This benefit, to families not otherwise able to afford a specialized vehicle, changes the lives of all involved; facilitating care and making inclusion in family activities a reality.
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