It was six years ago when a small group of parents met in a living room to discuss the future of their recent high school grads who happened to have developmental disabilities. Gone was the small army of special ed teachers to usher our kids through the maze of growing up.
It’s that time of year when our hearts turn toward home. As children, home is where family, comfort and safety help us grow up to be all we can be. Once grown, we set out to make homes of our own. For many of us, this the time when we discover our own individuality.
Many people ask me why I spend so much time volunteering and working with the adults at Stepping Stone Support Center, or what drives me to be on the board for Stepping Stone Communities. I don’t have a child with an intellectual or developmental disability, nor do I have a sibling, cousin or uncle with one.
At Stepping Stone Communities we always have to start with “why”? Why are we trying to raise $8 million dollars over the next three years? Why take on such a big challenge? Well, the answer is simple – As parents and supporters of adults with IDD we have to. We have no choice.
And the tears still come… I’m not much of a crier. But when I tell our story, it is hard to hold back the tears. The problem is overwhelming. Literally, thousands of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are facing an uncertain future – on in which they will find themselves completely alone. Our story?
Can you imagine that day? Sunshine, crisp Colorado air and the excitement!!! I dream of it almost every day. What am I referring to? Our Ribbon Cutting! There will be balloons, of course. And maybe a couple of local celebrities. Festive music and plenty of food.
One of our Board members, Lois Brassfield was kind enough to send us why she’s dedicated to our cause and organization. Whether you’re a parent, friend, sibling or grandparent almost everyone can relate and understand Lois’ purpose for wanting a better tomorrow for her granddaughter Caroline.