In the summer of 2015, a young mother and her child with Autism asked if there could be a place for the child at Camp LELA. Without hesitation, we said, "Yes!" We had no training and little experience in working with children with special needs, but we held the first camp. In the fall of 2015, we opened our center for children with Autism.
Children with disabilities are not integrated into local schools, so their parents are unable to help them meet their educational needs. The center is open on a daily basis for care, lessons, and time with specialists that give individual therapy.
The JOY! Center is serving twenty-five children with individualized therapy sessions each week. There are another thirty that have contacted us that want this therapy, but we are unable to accept more at this time because of space and lack of resources for staff.
Our dream is to build a special center on our property to help children with special needs. At this center we would be able to help over seventy-five children with individual therapy and even more with large group therapy sessions. There would be rooms for parents to receive training and support. Let us know if you would like to be part of this project financially. Truly, a ground breaking ministry in Ukraine.