We Care for Kids Allocates $75,000 for Accessible Playground

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We Care for Kids allocates $75,000 for an accessible playground at the Family Respite Services respite home, the Solcz Family Foundation Respite Home.

W.E Care for Kids inspires community giving to enhance the health and wellness of children in our community. This donation will ensure that children and youth with disabilities can have a safe place to learn to be active in the backyard of the new accessible Family Respite Services home. The accessible playground aligned perfectly with the We Care for Kids mission.

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We Care for Kids hopes to inspire the community to continue to donate to this project as $225,000 is still required to complete the construction and build the accessible playground designed by Mark Jones, Playworld Solutions.

Mike Brain, Board President W.E Care for Kids says: “We are thrilled to be a part of this important project and we hope our donation inspires others to get on board as well. Now more than ever, children of all abilities need a safe outdoor space where kids can be kids. This playground gives children of all abilities a place to have fun while developing their mind and bodies.”

Family Respite Services is building a new respite home for families caring for children with disabilities at 4400 Howard Avenue. There are many programs that operate out of the current home that is in dire need of being replaced- an afterschool crisis program, weekend support program and specialized summer day camp program. The Solcz Family Foundation Respite Home is crucial for this community so that children and youth with disabilities have access to specialized respite programs with trained Direct Support Providers.

“Family Respite Services has zero government funding to build this respite home, so we have relied on the community to respond to this urgent respite need. Family Respite Services hopes to start operating programs at the Solcz Family Foundation Respite Home by January 2022 if we can obtain $225,000.00 to complete construction. It’s emotional and exciting to see this project come to life because of the commitment to children to date.”

Alexandria Fischer of Family Respite Services

And a parent in the program comments: “This home is crucial for my son, as the specialized programs in the home help him to learn and grow and it’s a safe space for him to learn pertinent life skills. My son loves to be outdoors so the backyard is an important part of this new home, so that children with disabilities can have a place to engage in fun outdoor activities, I hope that the construction can be completed so that my son and many other children have opportunities for years to come.”

A community where families are strong and ALL children belong. Family Respite Services (FRS) is a community organization working with 1200 families caring for children/youth (0-18 years of age) with disabilities in Windsor/Essex. FRS works towards a community where families are strong and all children belong, this vision happens with many respite programs in families homes and in our community. Over 600 Direct Support Providers work directly with the families in the program. Families rely on respite, it’s a need, not a want. Respite provides a short break for the family while children engage in meaningful activities. FRS provides respite programs so that children with disabilities can access opportunities just like their peers. FRS has staff in 7 community centres across Windsor/Essex so children with disabilities can register as well. FRS has two respite homes so children with significant challenges can access specialized programming.

W.E. Care for Kids is committed to enhancing the health and wellness of children in Windsor and Essex County through fundraising initiatives. Since 1997, W.E. Care for Kids has raised more than $7.2 million in to provide vital and life paediatric equipment for our area hospitals, along with supporting paediatric healthcare programs in the community. Our goal is to give healthcare professionals the tools they need to take care of the children in our community right here – at home.

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