Nicholas ConservatoryYou know the old saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”? The last 18 months have driven that home for so many of us.
Living with sometimes isolating diagnoses long before any of us imagined a pandemic, the people we serve really cherish time at school, camps, and community outings. Getting vaccinated when we can and seeing smiling faces again has helped us find the enrichment we so deeply missed.

We want to thank you. The outpouring of support from you, our donors and the community, helped us feel less alone, even while isolated. More importantly, it helped us stay safe. We had a few close calls, but we didn’t lose any staff or individuals we serve in (what looks to be) the beginning of this stage in our history. Thank you for the masks, the cleaning and activity supplies, and your financial support.

Now, we feel grateful to be out, taking advantage of events and resources available in the community. We are volunteering in Aktion Club and excited for one of our favorites, Brat Days. Simple outings, like feeding the ducks at Sinnissippi gardens, are even sweeter this year because we can go with friends, like Lane and Chad, whose direct support staff helped them meet up to feed the ducks and geese.