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on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 14:03

February 14 can be hard.
 
It can be hard because of pressure. The pressure to find perfect gift, plan the perfect day. It can be hard because of singleness or loneliness or emptiness or isolation. It can be hard because of commercial hype or apathy or indifference. It can be hard … but it can also be good and valuable.
 
It can be an opportunity to be assured of love and assure others of love.
 
How can we make this February 14 - this Valentine’s Day - special for our friends with intellectual disability?

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on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 14:45

“Are you okay?”
 
“Everything hurts.”
 
“I know. You’ll be okay. You can do it.”
 

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on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 14:31

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 NRS)
 
I think sandwiches are great. So much so, I have become one myself. Yep, that’s me. Part of the sandwich generation. I have a son with Asperger’s who is maturing and gradually needing me a little less and mother who has a variety of health concerns and is needing me more. My mom took great care of me while I was growing up. I’m glad to return the favor.
 

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on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 14:24

by Lorna Bradley
 
“Mom, grandma needs you. She’s crying.”
 
Uh-oh. Not the news I expected ten minutes after I walked in the door for Christmas vacation, barely unpacking the top layer of clothes from my suitcase while she answered the phone.
 
A closed door. An earnest conversation. Sometimes life as you know it changes with a phone call. Roles reverse and the one who was the caregiver for many years is now in need of care.
 

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on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 16:41

Greetings Friends,

As the new year approaches, many quite often dread the post-holiday sadness and sugar withdrawal that requires a few more hours in the gym. Others, however, are elated to approach a time of new possibility, goals and themes. Each new year brings excitement of the unknown.

Our team is excited for 2016 and the plans in store.

Sometimes, the joy and beauty of a new year cannot be put to words. Sometimes, we need a powerful, visual depiction.

Have you heard of As We Are?

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on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 19:38

by Tom VanWingerden
Executive Director

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on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 14:51

Merry Christmas!
 
Today we want to talk about this holiday season and how best to include our friends with disabilities. This holiday season, ask yourself, “How can I intentionally include my friends? How can I bring them into the narrative of this season—hope, love, and peace? How can I be kind, reflecting the love of God, and remember His gift to the world?”
 

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on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 20:39

Spotlight:​ Orangeville’s Friendship Club, Orangeville Christian Reformed Church, ​Orangeville, Ontario  

Group Leaders:​  Joan Roorda, Isabel Spratt, Marg Hogben 
 
This spotlight series shares inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting stories of friends and mentors choosing to be salt and light to those they know and love. Hopefully they inspire you to continue the work you do in your own church to share God’s love with people who have intellectual disability.

15 people showed up on October 15, 1989.

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on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 19:07

We're thrilled to have a series of guest blog posts by author, speaker, and generally amazing person Margot Starbuck. Today's post originally appeared in Christianity Today.

 

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