Summer Dances and Graduation Fun

Art, Robert, Xan, and Patton are ready to dance the day away.

Lollipops and Rainbows

Michael Jackson and Elvis

Residents and students of Glenwood adult services danced the afternoon away at the 14th annual Glenwood Adult Services dance. This year’s theme was “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows.” Smiles were all around while attendees were entertained by Spectrum, a live band including parents of adults with autism. There were surprise visits from Elvis and Michael Jackson. The Vestavia Belles added even more color to this bright and happy day.

This outreach event is sponsored by a long-time partner and neighbor, Grace, A United Methodist Congregation. Each year, we are grateful to Gina and Skip Kitchens for coordinating this fun event with their fellow church members. Their daughter, Jody, is served by Glenwood and was the inspiration for the dance. They wanted to provide her and her friends with a festive party to celebrate life and friendship.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, parents, and staff who make the event a fun day for all!

Darren and his parents at graduation

Graduation Grins

We are proud to announce the 2022 graduating class of the Mallie M. Ireland Children’s Center. Eight students were recognized in a ceremony attended by their family members. Smiles were exchanged, along with a few tears, as staff and family shared in this important milestone.

Opened in 2018 and recently expanded in 2021, the Children’s Center on Glenwood’s Avondale campus offers applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to children with autism ages two to six. ABA Therapy is an evidence-based therapy that teaches life skills including communication, social, self-help, daily living, safety, play, and academics. Therapists and specialists work as a team to create an individualized plan for each student. After age six many, of these students will take the skills they learned and either transition into public school or move on to another program that serves children seven and older.

We are grateful to the community support that brought the Children’s Center to life and helped it expand. Seeing how much the students have grown and learned is such a gift that couldn’t have happened without donors like you. Thank you!

Kelly Culwell works hard with her sons. This is a family project!

Serve Day in Action

Church of the Highlands is service in action. We were honored to be a project of their Serve Day volunteers.  This was the eighth year that their volunteers helped beautify Glenwood’s Sicard Hollow campus. 

Outdoor projects in July are not easy, but these committed volunteers never let the heat stop them. Special thanks to Kelly and John Culwell for leading the charge and coordinating the volunteer effort. Glenwood was ready with many projects, including clearing hiking trails, installing landscaping, and cleaning up campus buildings.

The 365-acre Sicard Hollow campus is home to two year-round schools for children, a day program for adults, and 14 homes for children and adults with around-the-clock care. The hard work that volunteers did to beautify the campus enhances the environment and learning opportunities for students, residents, and staff.

Serve Day volunteers are an invaluable resource that we appreciate each year. We can’t thank them enough for what they do!

 

 

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