In the summer of 2015, a young mother and her child with Autism asked if there could be a place for the child at Camp LELA. Without hesitation, we said, "Yes!" WE had no training and little experience in working with children with special needs, but we held the first camp. In the fall of 2015, we opened our center for children on Saturdays. We now work with 16 children on Saturdays in order to give parents a rest and to help children that are learning to interact with others.
In the fall of 2017, phase 2 of our project was completed. Children with disabilities are not allowed to attend school, so their parents must stay with them at home and are unable to work. So we opened a center for children to come to on a daily basis for care, lessons, and time with specialists that will help more clearly define their needs.
By the spring of 2018, the JOY! Center for Children With Disabilities was flooded with children serving twenty-five children with individualized therapy sessions each week. There are another thirty that have contacted us that want this therapy, but we are unable to accept more at this time.
Phase 3 $150,000 – We would like to build a special center on our property to help children with special needs. At this center we would be able to help over seventy-five children with individual therapy and even more with large group therapy sessions. There would be rooms for parents to receive training and support. Let us know if you would like to be part of this project financially. Truly, a ground breaking ministry in Ukraine.