#GivingTuesday? Giving Circle!

Today we celebrate #GivingTuesday. This Giving Tuesday is a special one for Pearl Buck Center (PBC). This week we will launch a brand new Giving Circle to celebrate the spirit of giving year-round!

By joining Pearl Buck Center’s Giving Circle you will help establish a legacy that will sustain our
mission to support and positively impact the lives of people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Our Giving Circle goal is $15,000 before December 31 with at least 10 founding members. All gifts are welcome! Follow us on Facebook this week to learn more about how to join PBC’s Giving Circle and enjoy complimentary benefits like future events and donate!

In the spirit of the holiday season, read Sammy’s Story about how your participation in our Giving Circle will change lives today and in the future. Her story paints a picture all too common in the IDD community.

Sammy’s Story

Sammy is a bright three year-old who attended the Pearl Buck Preschool (PBC) and is benefiting from our Outreach services.  Until PBC intervened, Sammy lived in a 20’ by 20’ hotel room with her mother Kathy who lives with Cerebral Palsy and her father Matt. Prior to her enrollment in the preschool, Sammy spent her days playing on a blanket on the floor of the hotel room. While Matt went to work in the community. Kathy focused on piecing together the daily basic needs, healthcare and financial resources.

With space a high commodity and finances stretched, Kathy reported that the added pressure of parenting a spirited toddler sometimes verged on too much. While the family waited on community housing lists, our Family Support Coordinators spent many hours with Kathy and Sammy. Kathy learned to develop behavioral visuals and routines in their living space, and seek out community support and counseling referrals to strengthen the family relationship.

When the family received notice that an apartment was available to them, Pearl Buck Preschool staff stood right alongside them every step of the way to help them move, for the first time, to a home of their own. While Kathy says the best part of her new space is her kitchen, Sammy is most proud of her bookshelf, her rug, and her very own bed, in her very own room, in her very own house.