As an expectant first-time mother, I carefully followed my doctor’s instructions, watched what I ate, switched to low-impact aerobic exercise and read a mountain of childbirth and parenting publications. I was determined to be well-prepared for the arrival of my baby.
However, I was not at all prepared for the reality of the birth of my precious daughter. Kelli was born six weeks’ prematurely, and it soon became apparent that she was not the child I’d planned for.
Shortly after she was born, Kelli was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal anomaly, which meant that she would face a number of developmental challenges and a very uncertain future. I was heartsick and desperate.
Fortunately, we were referred to Rainbows United and Kelli began receiving home-based services shortly after she was released from the hospital. Over the next five years, Rainbows case managers, therapists and specialists provided guidance, support and encouragement that became a lifeline for our family.
We experienced the enormous impact of early intervention services on the lives of children with special needs and their families. That is why I believe in Rainbows United. That is why I am a raving fan of the caring, competent and dedicated staff. That is why I continue my support.
-Janeen Hughes, Board of Directors