With a little help from our friends

Rainbows’ Development Department, a women-led team of four is composed of Vice President of Development Kelsi Hinshaw, Development Coordinator Vanessa Segura, Development Specialist Kelsey “Billie” Genschorck, and Special Events Assistant Scarlet Grassie.  I, Vanessa Segura, am a first-year Development Coordinator. There were many firsts in this year’s Fashion Passion success story. The year 2022 is […]

Don’t Stop Dreaming

All parents have dreams for their children. When those dreams are disrupted by a diagnosis like Down Syndrome, it can be easy to stop dreaming—but Rainbows staff and organization is SO GOOD at saying: “Hey, don’t stop dreaming—just open your mind and dream a bit differently!” “Getting the Down Syndrome diagnosis AFTER birth was a […]

8 Helpful Tips for Routines

Rainbows’ families often discuss their daily routines, or lack of, and express desire for establishing a familiar routine. Familiarity in routines can be useful for little ones by making them feel secure, safe and comfortable, while helping them to anticipate what is coming next. Infants, toddlers, children and even adults can develop a sense of […]

Unique and Wonderfully Made

“Our goal for Sophia is for her know how wonderfully made she is,” said Taylor, Sophia’s mother. Sophia has a very complex and unique medical diagnosis of unbalanced translocation of chromosomes. She has 100 extra Chromosome 7, and 6 deleted from Chromosome 9. She is the only one in medical history to have this mix […]

Take the Time to Connect

Strong and safe connections are vital to children’s overall well-being and development. Children that display “attention seeking” behaviors are frequently seeking connection from adults. Often times we assume that connections between children and parents “just happen”, but connections are something that we all have to work at. The good news is, building strong connections doesn’t […]

Pumpkin Guts, Pumpkin Patch, Candy Corn, and a Parade

Halloween at Rainbows is not only fun, it’s educational! Rainbows’ children used their senses to explain what pumpkin guts felt, smelled, looked, and tasted like. After pulling out the pumpkin seeds and letting them dry, the seeds were seasoned with butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. Chef Ryan then cooked the seeds and the children had […]

Rainbows’ Teenager Overcomes Challenges

When Seth Russell was announced as the recipient of InterHab’s Outstanding Youth Award for 2022, the teenager’s face broke into his familiar grin.  When Seth grins, his whole face lights up and he was positively beaming when he walked to the stage to accept his award. Over the last two years 16-year-old Seth has had […]

One person (or bear) can make a difference.

Rainbows’ 10:15+ Club honors and recognizes staff members who have been with Rainbows for 10 or more years. In 2022, the 10:15+ Club had a total of 47 members! This year club members enjoyed a day of camaraderie and celebration, sharing hugs, laughter and stories of the past year. The day started at 10:15 a.m. […]

Honoring CJ Seitz

“From the moment he was born, CJ was a kind soul,” said Frank Seitz, CJ’s father. CJ was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, but no evidence of brain damage at the time of his birth. “We thought we had a perfectly normal child,” said Frank. When he was 4 months old, […]

Hello, Mom? Dad?

Smartphones have become an integral part of lives. Just in the past two years, we have seen the vital role that Smartphones have had in our daily interactions both personally and professionally. Our Smartphones allow us to do business virtually, connect to health providers, pay bills, shop online, and access a vast amount of information […]