Dear Friends and Families,
“We need more people like you in this world. People don’t realize that some things are not easy (like putting your child through a new program or in school). Just having your kindness and patience with all our questions and concerns, make it easier. If there were more people in this world like you, maybe this world would be little nicer.”
This note and picture was received by one of our Child & Family Connections’ Service Coordinators from a family as their child graduated from our Early Intervention program. This little girl made great strides as a result of her early intervention experience. She is now in a preschool program. Her family’s experience is like many others who have received our services.
Last year, we served over 1,100 children in this program. That’s a lot of McHenry County babies! Our Community Access Coordination program, which serves children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, served nearly that same number. Our Autism Support Program provided services to over 200 children and young adults, who have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The need for services in McHenry County and statewide is growing at an astonishing rate! Our agency provides a wide variety of unique and necessary services and supports through both our core programs, as well as our additional supports available through the Sibshops program, support groups, and early intervention play groups.
The absence of a state budget remains a threat to all our programs. Despite that threat, we have maintained our high quality services and our commitment to the community of McHenry County. As you gather this holiday season and think of ways to give back, please consider a gift to Options & Advocacy.
“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” – Helen Keller