This past Thursday, Lighthouse Autism Center hosted a Happy Hour for our Mishawaka employees at Bar Louie near the University Park Mall. These happy hours are hosted several times each year for all of our centers as a way to treat employees and thank them for their hard work and dedication. This is a great way for staff to relax, socialize, and get together outside of work. We like to think this is just one of many things that sets us apart from other employers.
Our next happy hour will be next month in Warsaw at BW3’s for all of our Warsaw center employees!
For parents and professionals alike, Stages Learning Materials is a great resource for those caring for someone with autism. Started by an ABA Therapist in the late 1990’s, it is now one of the leading sellers of autism related learning resources. Perhaps the most popular is the Language Builder Series an important tool for teaching things like receptive labeling, matching and sorting, and something that we do use here at Lighthouse Autism Center with many of our kids. To learn more about what Stages Learning Materials has to offer, visit their website at https://www.stageslearning.com/.
This week Executive Director, Gregg Maggioli, met with the President of Arkos Design, Jeff Anglemyer, and head of Business Development, Ramona Kauffman. As part of their 10 year celebration, Arkos Design collected donations for four local organizations – one of them being the Lighthouse Families First Foundation. With the staggering amount of children being born with autism, and his own personal connection to someone with autism, Jeff said he know that the Lighthouse Families First Foundation would be one of several organizations they would support.
Jeff and Ramona had the opportunity to tour Lighthouse Autism Center and learn more about how exactly their donation would make a difference in the lives of special needs families, whether it would be through scholarships, communication software, special equipment, etc…
It is only through the generous donations of individuals and businesses like Arkos Design that the Lighthouse Families First Foundation is able to fulfill its mission of assisting special needs families. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the entire Arkos Design Team for their support!
2015 has been an exciting year for Lighthouse Autism Center. We celebrated three years of service in Northern Indiana, celebrated the one year anniversary of our third center, and opened a new location in Plymouth, IN. We have grown to a staff of nearly ninety and now serve nearly fifty families in the Northern Indiana area. Among those families, there were nine children who transitioned back to school – wow!
Furthermore, Lighthouse founders Gregg and Sandy Maggioli created the Lighthouse Families First Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families with special needs. Over $30,000 was raised for the organization this year and as a result, families who could otherwise not afford therapy or communication devices for their children, were able to receive these crucial things.
We could have never guessed when Lighthouse started that this is where we would be. It is incredible to think of how much we have grown and how many families that we have been able to assist in Indiana. It is our hope to continue to bring ABA therapy to communities that need it and we plan to continue to spread that mission in the new year!
Each year Lighthouse Autism Center hosts a company Holiday Party where employees from all four locations can come together for a night of fun and camaraderie. Staff are each invited to bring a dish for a potluck/family style type dinner. Music plays, gifts are given, and all employees are recognized with a gift from Lighthouse. Perhaps the most anticipated part of the evening is when we do the family readings. Prior to the party, we invite parents to send in a letter telling us how LAC has impacted not only the life of their child but of their entire family. We then choose several of these letters to read to all guests at the parties. It is a time for us to truly reflect on the good work of our employees and the deep impact they have on the families we assist. We would like to thank the Oaks at SouthPaw Farms for helping us to host a wonderful event, as well as all of those who made it possible. We are already looking forward to the party next year!