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If you have questions regarding COVID-19 please visit the Michigan.gov website.

 

Family Hope Foundation would like to share some online resources that can be used at home to promote continued learning as well as creative, fun activities for children and families.  

 

Educational Resources

PBS Learning Media - Educational videos and materials for kids Pre K through High School

Teach Your Monster to Read - Fun games designed to help children learn to read

Greatschools.org - Offering some of their educational worksheets free to print

NASA Library - NASA made their entire library of images and videos free

NASA STEM - Stem ideas for kids in kindergarten through 4th grade

Read-Alouds for Elementary Kids - A list of authors doing online read-alongs

 

Fun Activities

Critter Barn Special Friends Program - The farm programming extends to children, adults, and the elderly who have disabilities or special needs. Critter Barn has options to serve groups and individuals. Check their website for more information.

Waterford.org - Virtual Field Trips - Take your kids on a fun, virtual trip from the comfort of your own home

Mo Willem Lunch Doodles - YouTube videos featuring best selling author and illustrator Mo Willem

100+ Indoor Activities - Fun, indoor activities including: sensory activities, crafts, cooking, and indoor movement 

Go Noodle - Get kids moving with the fun songs on Go Noodle

Dice Games for Kids - Learning and fun with dice games for kids

 

Things to Watch

Smithsonian Channel - Aerial America - View America and its most treasured landmarks from high above 

Animal Planet - Too Cute - Take a break from the daily stress and enjoy a marathon of cute puppies and kittens 

Georgia Aquarium Webcam - Go under the sea at home

Virtual Tour of National Parks - take a tour of many of our National Parks

 

 

 

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 Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! 

Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals
with special needs and their families.

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Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to
be who they are.

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With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child's disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!

  • 10:30 a.m. showing
  • Regular matinee pricing - Friends of Family Hope Foundation, click here to print a barcode for $2 off the ticket price! 
  • All movies in 2D and Open Caption
  • Seating questions can be directed to the box office

Theatres now participating:  

  • Celebration! Cinema North in Grand Rapids
  • Celebration! Cinema South in Grand Rapids
  • Celebration! Cinema Crossroads in Portage
  • Celebration! Cinema Lansing
  • Celebration! Cinema Mt. Pleasant
  • Celebration! Cinema Benton Harbor
  • Cinema Carousel in Muskegon

Movie Lineup: 

  • Looking forward to when we can all gather again to watch the latest release movies with our friends and families in a sensory friedly enironment. 

 

 



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inSpirit Church is happy to present the Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break program!
 

2020 Dates and Times:
Buddy Break will meet the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10am - 1pm
There will be no Buddy Break for the month of July or August 

What is Buddy Break?
Buddy Break is a free kids/respite program where children with special needs (VIP kids) make new friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, therapy dogs, stories, music activities, and more! Siblings have fun too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours. Buddy Break is open to church members and non-church members with VIP kids.
Each VIP kid is paired one-on-one with a screened volunteer “Buddy” to participate in that day’s activities.

Who are VIP kids?
VIPs are kids with special needs, which include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile.

Who are Buddies?
Buddies are friends of VIPs.


Please visit the inSpirit Church website for more information or to sign up for the Buddy Break program.

           

 

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Testimonials

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 We were absolutely elated to receive your scholarship to help pay for programming for our son, Samuel, who is on the autism spectrum. We have been working with Horizons Developmental Resource Center for a couple of years and have seen wonderful social changes for Samuel. The cost is high, which makes each year of paying for programming a matter of prayer and sacrifice to our family with our spending. It is a relief to have this scholarship to help us pay for Samuel's programming. We are so impressed with the progress Samuel has made with his social skills. Samuel will now communicate his needs and concerns with words instead of crying and having a temper tantrum. We see Samuel work toward completing activities independently instead of needing constant prompts from us. Another wonderful change is that Samuel desires to interact with peers, instead of hiding from them. Again, thank you for helping us to continue to offer the best programming for Samuel!


-The Sorenson Family

Your Gift Gives Us Twice the Lift!

When you donate between now and Giving Tuesday (December 1), your gift will be matched by a generous donor!

Our Giving Tuesday goal is to raise $15,000. With the match, your gift gives us twice the lift and could help us raise a total of $30,000. That means 30 scholarships that will help shape a child’s future. Every gift makes a priceless impact!

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