When you deal with special needs in your family on a daily basis, it's super important to have a strong support group. We haven't found that within our community yet, but we do have it within our family unit.
We are so grateful that Annie can take vacation every summer with our younger sister, Amy, and her family in Virginia. This gives Annie a chance to care for and love on her nieces, and it gives my parents and my family a rest from Annie's daily needs.
Not everyone has a strong support system, which is one of the reasons we're creating Family First Villages. Families in the special needs community need support because it truly does take a village of people caring for these special people in our lives.
Family First Villages is still in the beginning/planning phase of starting. We have filed our 501C3 paperwork. While we wait for IRS approval, we are continuing the work of meeting families in our community and learning more about how we can help in the area where we currently live.
As part of our PHASE ONE goals, we plan to open a Family Entertainment Complex so that we can provide job training and jobs for special needs adults in our community. We look forward to working with neighbors and families on our dreams! And, we're excited to be able to offer long-term support to special needs families in Forsyth County.