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Leer en Español Having a child with special needs is a new normal for the entire family. Juan and Sonia Martinez know this firsthand. They have two children with special needs: Uriel is 14 and Isabella is 6. Both children got connected to Rainbows’ services at an early age and received in-home Infant/Toddler Services. As […]

Lauryn thrives at Camp Woodchuck

This year’s Blarney Breakfast benefits Rainbows’ Family Support Services programs and Camp Woodchuck. Camp is a summer recreational and leisure day program for school-aged youth with special needs. Camp Woodchuck is filled with hands-on activities, special events, structured activities, and an amazing social experience as Rainbows’ youth interact with their peers and the community. Please […]

“It’s like having a pack of best friends.”

Cheyenne Hancock joined Rainbows for Camp Woodchuck in 2020, when Camp was home-based due to Covid. “It was very nerve racking to me because I had never worked in this field before,” said Cheyenne. “However, I quickly got over those nerves and fell in love with my position as a Direct Support Professional. I always […]

Top 4 Reasons to Become a Direct Support Professional

1. Make a difference in a child’s life. Build relationships and be a role model. “My favorite activity is to sit on the porch swing and talk. I love connecting with Caleb and being a human he can count on to give him support as he does life.” -Kim, Direct Support Professional 2. Help youth […]

From Receiving to Giving Services

An educator for Goddard School District for more than 18 years, Amie Ozbun came to Rainbows with experience working with children with special needs. She and her family also received services when their daughters were first born. “Rainbows has a special place in my heart,” said Amie. “The therapist who came to our home when […]

Translators Available: Communication is Clear

Leer en Español Having a child with special needs is a new normal for the entire family. Juan and Sonia Martinez know this firsthand. They have two children with special needs: Uriel is 14 and Isabella is 6. Both children got connected to Rainbows’ services at an early age and received in-home Infant/Toddler Services. As […]

Lamont honored with statewide award

Congratulations to this year’s 2023 InterHab Outstanding Youth: Lamont McIntosh. Lamont was honored Friday, October 13 at the InterHab Art and Awards event. His family and Rainbows’ supporters were there to cheer him on. We’re so proud of you! Born at 23 weeks, weighing in at 1 pound 3.5 ounces, Lamont has had an uphill […]

Rainbows: We Are Family

Remember your summer job? Is there a lesson you learned or an experience that helped shape your future? Summer experiences are often full of learning about the world, other people and yourself. Often these experiences are influenced through a personal connection. Kaitlynn Rothwell’s twin brother, Christian has received services through Rainbows all of their 21 […]

At Camp, Gavin Thrives in His Own Skin

Gavin was born a Micro-premie at 24 weeks and 4 days, weighing only 1 pound 6 ounces. He spent his first 4 ½ months in the NICU, on a ventilator for 2 ½ of those months. He was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Baraitser-Winter syndrome ACTG 1, which affects his heart, kidneys, eyes, ears, […]

Volunteers Add Magic to Camp

Camp Woodchuck is magical, but it doesn’t just magically happen without the time, talents and dedication of many Rainbows’ staff and volunteers. This is the story of the volunteers. After three years of in-home summer services (due to the pandemic), extra preparation was needed in order to welcome Rainbows’ youth back to Camp at Kids’ […]