While this post is intended for our Des Moines area readers, I’m sharing it here because Joel and I so often hear from families with special needs who simply desire and need a bit more support from their local parishes. Collectively, there is a sense that our Church can and should do better. But how? It truly is a complex subject with a myriad of opinions and desires. So hats off to the folks here in Des Moines who are collaborating around this topic and providing some support to children and families. Even if you aren’t in Des Moines, maybe the info here will trigger some ideas that could benefit families with special needs in your area as well.
Please share the following information as you see fit to help get the word out.
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Together with the Diocese of Des Moines Office of Marriage and Family Life, Saint Francis of Assisi Special Needs Ministry is hosting a respite event for families with special needs on Friday, April 10th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Parents will enjoy a social and wine tasting with Certified Sommelier and an inspirational message by Dr. Daniel Earle of Glen Haven Counseling Services. Children with special needs and their siblings will enjoy fun with professional and trained volunteers.
Information and registration information available here –> Desperate for Respite Eventbrite Registration. (Pre-registration by March 27 required.)
Printable flyer here –> Family Respite Night
To communicate with a human being about the event –>
Jess Streit, Coordinator of Special Needs Ministry
Phone: 515-440-1030 Ext. 155