One of the hardest things about being a parent of not one, but two developmentally disabled children, is knowing you won’t always be there to ensure their safety and happiness. Balance was a way for me to provide peace of mind for other parents in my same situation. It’s also a way for me to help create joy and community for children even when they’re adults. Lastly, I take pride in working with an organization that gives back and supports the greater community. It shows that we all have something to give, no matter our abilities or financial status. Balance makes that possible for many of its employees and clients.
I became involved with the Balance board after my retirement. Balance provides secure and safe homes for adults with developmental disabilities and true community integration for our clients and terrific programs for children with disabilities. This was my passion in my previous employment and Balance has provided me with an opportunity to continue working on this community priority.
I have friends and Co-workers who had been served by Balance. Their praise about the agency’s full commitment to its community integration mission made this a perfect fit for me to give back to the community.
Charlie Ann Rykwalder
I was blown away by the passion this organization and its leaders have in serving and caring for adults with developmental disabilities.
Their commitment and mission to supporting this community of individuals is humbling, motivating, and inspiring. I value respect, kindness, compassion, and empathy for others and am honored to be able to serve an organization that authentically demonstrates those same values.
We have a son with a unique and until recently unspecified genetic disorder. He is one of about 300 in the world. He is considered a spastic quadriplegic, non-verbal, and requires a feeding tube.
When he turned 18, we were introduced to the Balance Pace Day program. More
I became involved with Balance because of its mission, and I personally know how much their services are needed. Balance supplies services and programs to integrate individuals with developmental disabilities Into the community; provide opportunities to improve their quality of life, from childhood to adulthood; and offers peace of mind to family members.
Initially I became involved with Balance as the parent of a developmentally disabled young adult. That was many years ago. Over the years, I have seen the wonderful gifts the people served by Balance have to offer. I have also come to appreciate the dedication of the management and staff at Balance. Serving on the Board is a way of supporting all of those people who make our community a better place.
I chose to support the Balance staff and leadership because of their unwavering and exceptional commitment to serving the needs of the community with challenges. Delivering a wonderful quality of life to their clients is my reward.
Jessica A. Liebau
The path of caring for a family member with special needs is incredibly complex, and there is no roadmap. Every day I help clients navigate the maze of public benefits, housing, and health care, but even as an attorney there is only so much I can do. I am constantly searching for resources that will make life easier, or richer, or more fulfilling, for these families. Balance provides so many services that are invaluable to our community. I’m excited to be a part of that mission, even in a small way.
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