May 19th brought the celebration of spring and an early Easter Egg Hunt for children with special needs and their families. AiN hosting their 3rd annual egg hunt was Saturday, where AiN volunteers and Pleasant Hill Chamber Members packed 1,200 plastic eggs for 31 kids to find. Each child received an AiN Easter Basket (this year an AiN bag) which included bubbles, slinkies, sensory toys, sunglasses and so much more.
Because we had the budget AiN reached out to two other organizations that serve children with special needs. One of the organizations used the egg hunt as an Applied Behavior Analysis social group outing. While the other organization used it as a family day out; offering networking between parents while children joined in the egg hunt.
A special thank you to Pleasant Hill Ambassadors and AiN board member who helped AiN out with preparation of our 3rd annual egg hunt. With the help of Pleasant Hill Ambassadors 1000+ eggs were stuffed and 30+ baskets were put together.
Thank you to Kellie Conde, board member for taking time out of your busy life to help prepare for this event. Pleasant Hill Chamber Ambassadors: Michael Brionez at J Rockcliff Realtors, Pam Green at Keller Williams Realtor, Rod Harris at Generation Mortgage Company, Debbie Smith at AHA! Movement, Jeanne Schwass at JBS Promotions, and Susan Wood at Susan Wood Photography.
A special thank you to Jeanne at JBS Promotions that helped get us our bags aka baskets, slinkies, and bubbles
This event is possible because of wonderful business supporters and the grant that AiN was award by SMPS Family Fund.
Santa had contacted AiN’s Executive Director, Autumn Green explaining that he couldn’t make it to Breakfast with Santa this year. Autumn was disappointed she had already planned on making Green and Ham for the Dr. Seuss Christmas theme. She understood the schedule conflict, so she agreed to have Santa join the kids on Saturday, December 12, 2015 for Cookies with Santa.
What a hit! 30 plus kids registered one of the two 45 minute sessions. Kids rotated through four stations: Cookie station, art station, sensory station and Santa station. While they waited to see Santa they were able to look at books.
With donations from Maggie Wolf each child received a stocking stuff full of goodies, and of course Santa had presents for each child. (2 books) which was possible by the sponsors of this event. Santa, Mrs Claus and Karen De Jager at Spectrum Photography worked extremely hard to make sure every child had a positive interaction with Santas Claus. Santa was even willing to pop out from behind a chair so that the family had one photo with Santa and their daughter.
Thank you to all our sponsors: Matt Rinn at State Farm, Debbie Smith at AHA Movement, Margret Miner at VinoCruising, Joe Stokely at Stokely Properties, and Michael Bronies at J. Rockcliff Realtors. We cannot forget all the other volunteers that put hours into preparing for this event. This event wouldn’t have been successful without you. A special thank you to Jen Tipton, who made dozens and dozens of cookies for this event.
Our first Trunk or Treat was successful! We had 56 children registered who might have otherwise not been able to enjoy the traditional trick or treating experience that many children take for granted. Though we aren’t sure how many secretly entered without letting us know they made it to this special event. We do know at least 45 kids did show up, and some from the other side of the Bay! The skeletons, the princess, the policemen, the butterflies, minecraft skins, and so many more stopped by at least 30 trunks at Oak Park Christain Center in Pleasant Hill on October 24th. Support came through various people within our community. We had sponsors from local business, AiN board members and volunteers, Diablo Valley College staff and students, and Oak Park Christian Center church members setup their trunks for this special event. Kids seemed to flock to the trunk who brought a live chicken, though their was a fortune teller, fire fighter, fishing, and so much more there! As kids had a blast parents enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and a time to socialize with other parents. Here is what one parents said.
Thank you so much for this wonderful event, not only did my daughter have a great time but me and my whole family did as well. For me, I get very stressed out when I feel I have to explain my daughters behaviors to people (why she doesn’t say trick ortreat, or thank you, or hello) for me not having the pressure of having to explain that or worry that people think she is being rude was priceless to me. What you do is amazing, and I would love to help support the all in need organization in any way I can. Thank you again. Xx -Danette Schmidt Niblett
A special thank you to Ally’s Girl Scout Troop and Oak Park Christian Center Youth Group, and AiN volunteers and their families!
This event was successful because of our sponsors and volunteers! A huge thank you to the following our Gold Sponsors!
Julie McCoy Team Realtor®/
Broker Associate BRE Lic. # 01260930 Remax Accord
We Make things Happen!
Serving Buyers and Sellers
with Passion and Compassion
Sue Wood Photography
Pam Green Keller
Goals for Autism Other Sponsors
Mark Gebhardt Photography
First I want to make it clear this not a blog post on preaching. It isn’t how AiN staff or board members feel, but the writer’s own thoughts on why she had the tattoo designed the way she did.
Many years ago Austin, my oldest son, chose this verse as his life verse: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13. Which is interesting because watching him develop into a young man I see how he loves others unconditionally.
I struggled choosing something to represent my youngest son, Yaakov. In truth I knew I could do Autism puzzle pieces, but didn’t want to portray that Autism was our life. It is part of our life it is what led me to find All in Need but it is just a piece of the puzzle. After a long decision process I decided to have Jeremiah 29:11 which says For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.. This verse would show no matter what piece of the puzzle we no there are plans that will be used for all.
I got the Brooks running shoe, because I love brooks and because I love to run and I love to run for a child who has Autism, Jahdiel. I asked the tattoo artist to some how add the puzzle pieces in the shoe because I run for a boy has Autism. I didn’t want the pieces too big but wanted it part of the art work of the shoe.
Lastly, I wanted to show the seasons which represented two things: running year round and that no matter time of year AiN would be here ready to serve others.
When I got there the puzzle pieces were way bigger than what I thought they would be, but it was everything I could imagine! Now when hitting the road for a run I share my dedication to Autism Awareness for my buddy, Jadhiel and share my love for families and their children that use All in Need!
1. How long have you been a part of AiN and what is your position? From the beginning, I’m a nurse.
2. What do you hope to accomplish with AiN? Bless the families and children we serve and care for.
3. What experiences have you gained so far with AiN? The special needs childern are SPECIAL!
4. What is your favorite thing about AiN? Knowing that the parents trust us with their children.
5. How has volunteering with AiN changed your perspective on volunteering with special needs children? From the beginning, I made it no secret that I do NOT like children but working with these special children, I found myself falling in love with each and everyone of them.
6. What do you look forward to when attending the events? Seeing how excited the children are to arrive at AiN.
7. What is your favorite activity? That’s hard to answer, I usually keep myself available to help with those doing 1:1’s, so I don’t participate in many activities, it is fun to watch from a distance, those doing the activities how excited the children get.
8. What is the hardest part of attending the events? Having the rare child that cries when the parents leave them but it’s good to see how when the parents return, the child doesn’t want to leave or are so excited to tell their Mom’s & Dad’s what they had done while the parents were gone.
9. What do you like to do for fun? Camp
10. What is something interesting or fun about yourself? love to tent camp in Yosemite
May 16th’s Revive theme was Science. We came up with a fun ways to incorporate science into our obstacle course! We decided to have the kids walk on eggs to see if they break them. We even had a little girl try to run over an egg with her wheel chair to see if the egg would hold up. Check out the fun!
All in Need Family Support (AiN) put a team together for the Energy for Life Walkthon in the San Francisco Bay Area which was held on April 18th. The team consisted of board members and volunteers and friends, together we we’re able to hit our goal of $700 for the research for mitochondrial disease.
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation says, “mitochondrial disease results from failure of the mitochondria specialized compartments present in every cell of the body expect for red blood cells.” It further saying that, “mitochondrial is responsible for creating more than 90 percent of the energy needed to buy a body to succeed in life and support growth and support growth.”
AiN chose to walk the Energy for Life Walk, a 5k, which supports the research for mitochondrial disease because two of our children at AiN have mitochondrial. We wanted to show our support and love for these children and their families by walking with them at the Mito Walk. AiN loves Erin and Kevin!