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Healthy & happy kids that contribute and belong in the community

Happy mother helping daughter with disabilities with her graduation gown

If you have a child with a disability, it’s scary not knowing what lies ahead. At Goodwill, we want you to know that we’re here for you and what’s next as your child transitions to adulthood. Goodwill’s mission is to provide training & jobs but mostly hope and opportunities and a place to belong for people with disabilities. 

“When our kids are small, everyone wants to work with them but when they get to a certain age and become adults, it’s more difficult.  One of the many issues we wrestle with is the future and what that holds, especially as we age and won’t be able to provide the same level of care. We don’t know where they’ll live, what they’re going to do. What happens to them when we’re no longer here – that’s our biggest fear. While they’re in the school system, they’re in a program, a track with a plan. But then what, what happens when they graduate from school at 22 years old? We want to prepare them for what happens next – which is enormous.

The biggest fear in life is what happens when we’re not here any longer. Are we doing the right thing for the kids? Will they be alright when we’re gone?

We see that they are thriving in exposure to social situations, interaction with others, work functionally in a job, contribute to the community - not just a consumer but someone who’s contributing - and learning about human interaction.

They want a normal everyday life, just like everyone else has. It’s invaluable to meet with parents who are going through similar things, to call them up and share what’s happening. If you were to ask any parent of a kid with a disability what they worry most about and its, what’s going to happen? how and where are they going to live? who can support them when we can’t? It’s all very real and it’s very scary.

Knowing that will help us be more relaxed and will help a lot of people feel better about knowing what’s next.  What we want for our kids, is the same everyone wants for their kids, health, and happiness. That’s it.”

Today Show Ruth Singer Strunck & Mike Strunck | August 2nd, 2019

"I cried tears that I hadn’t cried in a long time. I’m proud, sad, worried all in one. What the future holds…we will never know but I adore this child with all my heart and will never give up on trying to seek ways to help him overcome
any obstacle."
 Monica Leiva, mother | Children’s Resources.

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