In our last issue, we told you about starting the Lighthouse
Families First Foundation (LHFFF). This is a nonprofit organization
aimed at helping families with all ranges of disabilities and needs.
And even though the LHFFF is a new venture for us, it’s already
making a positive impact in the lives of families with autism.
In April, we held our first Dinner & Dance fundraiser at the Windsor
Park Conference Center. The event was a huge success and raised
over $30,000 that is directly benefitting special needs families.
For example, Brielle, four, and Zach, five, are two very different
children. Brielle loves Veggie Tales and jumping on the trampoline,
while Zach likes riding bikes and Legos. Both do have one important
thing in common though: they are both nonverbal. Through grants
made by the LHFFF, we purchased iPads and language software to
help both kids learn how to communicate their wants and needs.
We hope to continue to help local children and families in any
way that we can. The foundation is currently accepting grant
applications from anyone, including parents of current students. All
applications will be considered and grants will be made based on
each family’s needs, with no limit on grant amount at this time.
If you or someone you know could benefit from a grant, or want more
information, please contact us at 574-387-4313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For anyone wanting to make a donation to the LHFFF, you can
either mail a check to the Lighthouse Families First Foundation at
3730 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or donate online
This is only the beginning for the Foundation. With your charitable
kindness, we can continue making a substantial difference in the life
of a special needs child or adult and their family. Thank you!
At Lighthouse Autism Center, we strive to provide quality ABA treatment for all those who are in need. By placing our focus on each child and their parents, we do everything we can to make a positive difference in their lives.
Yet, even with a dedicated, highly trained, and committed team of clinicians, there are some families who need assistance beyond Lighthouse. hey may be too old, may not need ABA therapy, or, Lighthouse may not be a good fit for them. No matter the reason, they still need assistance in other ways, and providing needed assistance is what we’re all about.
That’s why we started the Lighthouse Families First Foundation (LFFF) earlier this year. A nonprofit organization, the LFFF helps special needs children, adults, and their families outside of Lighthouse’s capabilities. And we’re already off to a successful start.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April, we held a variety of activities aimed at raising funds for autism care, along with an overall awareness of autism. The events included hosting a dinner and dance, and we set a month-long goal of raising $20,000 to benefit LHFFF. However, thanks to the heartwarming generosity of the Michiana community, we far exceeded our goal and raised over $30,000. LHFFF gives 100 percent of that money in various ways to the families we assist. For instance, we might provide an iPad with communication software for a nonverbal child, or a scholarship so a child can receive therapy. We even supply gas cards for families who can’t afford to get their child to and from therapy and medical appointments. By donating to the Lighthouse Families First Foundation, you can make a tangible difference in the life of a special needs child.
To read the entire Spring 2015 issue of the Autism Beacon click here.
April 2014- As stated in our mission, and evidenced by the many successes and heartfelt testimonials of our parents, it is our privilege and calling to provide quality ABA therapy where it is needed. As the only center in Michiana for Autism with an award-winning management team, we know it is our child-focused and family-focused philosophy that helps us achieve enduring success. It is our understanding, having been in their shoes, that helps them stay strong and positive amidst daily challenges. We make every effort to help families of children with Autism through the use of Verbal Behavior ABA Therapy – and I know it works when I can see, with my own eyes, transformations like that of an 11-year-old child who used the restroom on their own for the first time, or transitioning a 5-year old back to school after getting behaviors under control. As a father of an Autistic child, I know how marvelous and longed for these moments are for parents. Please keep us in mind when your patients and parents are in need of our services – we can’t wait to help them achieve these incredibly memorable steps in their children’s lives.
Want to read more? To view the entire April 2014 edition of The Lighthouse Beacon click here.