GREAT COUPLES MAKE GREAT TEAMS

 


“It’s so easy to think that a problem like a child missing a goal is the end of the world. Our daughter Zoe has truly shown us a new perspective.” Sean Posadas and Joni Fortini say they have been humbled by the experience of having a child with special needs. “She’s really opened our minds,” says Sean.

At 18 months they knew something was different about their daughter Zoe. After numerous tests they learned that Zoe was on the autism spectrum. “It’s been a journey,” says Joni, “any parent faces challenges. We just happen to face a few different ones.”

As high school sweethearts, Sean and Joni are happy that they had a solid foundation set before Zoe was born. “It’s a balancing act,” says Sean. “We don’t take each other for granted. It really has to be a team effort.” Friends and family often express surprise and admiration that they have been able to maintain a solid marriage despite the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Often couples end up separated or divorced. “All it takes is one person who’s not able to do their part,” says Joni. “It’s not easy.”

Sean and Joni are especially grateful for All In Need. “It’s literally the only time we get to go out!” says Joni. “It keeps us sane to zoeknow that we have All in Need’s monthly respite sessions to look forward to.” They appreciate the consistency that All in Need provides, as it’s common for other resources to not be as dependable.

“The three hours of alone time that All I Need provides us really feels like eight hours,” says Sean. “We’re just not used to having all that alone time! Usually we’re lucky if connect for a minute during a busy day.” Plus, the best part for the couple is that Zoe is having fun during that time as well. It’s a win-win for the entire family.

Ease of use doesn’t hurt either. “We love that All In Needs’ program is set up on a subscription through PayPal. It’s seamless. We don’t have much time in our days, so it’s helpful that All In Need has taken an extra step to make things easier for us,” says Sean. “I remember the first time we dropped Zoe off. We weren’t sure what to expect. By the second or third time it felt like we were leaving her with family.”

Sean and Joni would like to see more people take advantage of All In Need. “We love having All In Need in our lives,” says Joni. “We unfortunately don’t have the luxury of being able to go out once a week. All In Need helps make the time we spend together feel that much more special. Other couples should consider doing the same. It’s only when parents spend some time focusing on themselves that they can give kids the support they need.”

All in Need needs your help! With your support, we can find more families like Sean and Joni’s to help. This email kicks off our first ever Annual Giving Campaign for the 2015-16 school year. Our plan this year is to continue providing an enriching curriculum for the children that attend Respite and to increase the number of families we’re able to serve.

We are hoping we can count on your support. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible and several payment options are available. We
appreciate all donations and recognize all our contributors.
Our success depends on the generosity of the community. Please help us work to be a resource for families who face extra challenges — after all, everyone deserves a break here and there!
It’s so easy to think that a problem like a child missing a goal is the end of the world. Our daughter Zoe has truly shown us a new perspective.” Sean Posadas and Joni Fortini say they have been humbled by the experience of having a child with special needs. “She’s really opened our minds,” says Sean.

zoe and meAt 18 months they knew something was different about their daughter Zoe. After numerous tests they learned that Zoe was on the autism spectrum. “It’s been a journey,” says Joni, “any parent faces challenges. We just happen to face a few different ones.”

As high school sweethearts, Sean and Joni are happy that they had a solid foundation set before Zoe was born. “It’s a balancing act,” says Sean. “We don’t take each other for granted. It really has to be a team effort.” Friends and family often express surprise and admiration that they have been able to maintain a solid marriage despite the challenges of raising a child with special needs.
Often couples end up separated or divorced. “All it takes is one person who’s not able to do their part,” says Joni. “It’s not easy.”

Sean and Joni are especially grateful for All In Need. “It’s literally the only time we get to go out!” says Joni. “It keeps us sane to know that we have All in Need’s monthly respite sessions to look forward to.” They appreciate the consistency that All in Need provides, as it’s common for other resources to not be as dependable.

“The three hours of alone time that All I Need provides us really feels like eight hours,” says
Sean. “We’re just not used to having all that alone time! Usually we’re lucky if connect for a minute during a busy day.” Plus, the best part for the couple is that Zoe is having fun during that time as well. It’s a win-win for the entire family.

Ease of use doesn’t hurt either. “We love that All In Needs’ program is set up on a subscription through PayPal. It’s seamless. We don’t have much time in our days, so it’s helpful that All In Need has taken an extra step to make things easier for us,” says Sean. “I remember the first time we dropped Zoe off. We weren’t sure what to expect. By the second or third time it felt like we were leaving her with family.”

Sean and Joni would like to see more people take advantage of All In Need. “We love having All In Need in our lives,” says Joni. “We unfortunately don’t have the luxury of being able to go out once a week. All In Need helps make the time we spend together feel that much more special. Other couples should consider doing the same. It’s only when parents spend some time focusing on themselves that they can give kids the support they need.”

All in Need needs your help! With your support, we can find more families like Sean and Joni’s to help. This email kicks off our first ever Annual Giving Campaign for the 2015-16 school year. Our plan this year is to continue providing an enriching curriculum for the children that attend Respite and to increase the number of families we’re able to serve.

We are hoping we can count on your support. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible and several payment options are available. We appreciate all donations and recognize all our contributors.
Our success depends on the generosity of the community. Please help us work to be a resource for families who face extra challenges — after all, everyone deserves a break here and there!

Support us visit our Crowdrise page. https://www.crowdrise.com/specialneedsmeansspe/fundraiser/allinneedfamilysuppo

Special Needs Means Special Marriages

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“This is where you need to be. This is who you’ll need to pick up. This is what you’ll feed them precisely at 6:30.” A year ago Doug and Kellie Conde found that their only communication was around schedules. As parents of a 6 year old son, Brandon, with special needs, they found they had become prisoners to a schedule that kept Brandon’s symptoms under control. Unfortunately, this came at a price.
Doug and Kellie found that they had lost track of themselves as a couple. There was no “How was your day honey?” or “Let’s go grab a bite to eat tonight”. Instead they were living a highly structured life that revolved around Brandon’s schedule, leaving no time for them to interact as a couple.
All until they found All in Need. Through All in Need’s monthly Respite program, Doug and Kellie have an enriching environment to leave Brandon in while they have a few hours to escape an exhausting reality. “Without All in Need it was really hard to have adult conversations,” says Doug. “There’d be this mental timer and no matter where we were in conversation, we’d have to check on him every two minutes to make sure he was OK.”
Now, while Brandon (and sometimes his sister Karly) are at Respite, Doug and Kellie can relax. “Before All in Need, we really hadn’t gone out as a couple since Brandon was an infant,” says Kellie. “Even with family willing to help, we found that we just weren’t comfortable asking people for that help.”
Doug and Kellie really enjoy the fact that Brandon is having just as much fun as them in those precious Respite hours. “It’s not just the parents that need a break,” says Kellie. “The kids need a break from us too.” Brandon used to be completely focused on animals. As a result of his time with All in Need, he’s now learning to embrace building with Legos® as well. It puts Doug and Kellie at ease to know that he’s in an environment he enjoys and is broadening his horizons at the same time.
“It’s funny,” says Kellie, “there’s really nothing more exciting to us than going out for a completely non-eventful, early, normal dinner. And it’s all thanks to All in Need.”
All in Need needs your help! With your support, we can find more families like Doug and Kellie’s to help. This email kicks off our first ever Annual Giving Campaign for the 2015-16 school year. Our plan this year is to continue providing an enriching curriculum for the children that attend Respite and to increase the number of families we’re able to serve.
We are hoping we can count on your support. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible and several payment options are available. We appreciate all donations and recognize all our contributors.
Our success depends on the generosity of the community. Please help us work to be a resource for families who face extra challenges — after all, everyone deserves a break here and there!

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