All in Need Family Support
Jan 03, 2018 01:48PM
By Autumn Green, AiN’s executive director and founder
Working with families at All In Need, Family Support (AiN) has taught me that parents and caregivers are strong. Each child that comes into AiN worms their way into the volunteers’ hearts as we hear the parents’ stories of their child’s successes and struggles.
As the executive director of AiN, I often cry after hanging up with a parent whose child’s behavior is out of control or has taken a turn for the worse. I hear desperation in the parent’s voice as they struggle to support their child’s needs. Having a child on the spectrum, I can often understand their feelings and tell them it will get better, but sometimes all I can do is listen. I cannot imagine having a child with medical issues on top of autism. I cannot imagine the fight of a wheelchair because your child is too tired to stay on her feet. I cannot imagine hearing the words, “Your child will not make it to adulthood.” But these parents are amazingly strong, and I see them advocate for their children, knowing they are exhausted. As a spectator of their lives, I learn what love, dedication, and strength are. It is humbling that these families allow AiN to be a part of such intimate details in their lives.
At AiN, we help carry their burdens a little through respite care, when children have an opportunity to socialize with others and play games. We also offer three special events a year that give them opportunities to participate in mainstream events and networking.
Lastly, once a year we offer the Angel Fund for a family that has attended at least one Revive event and needs additional support due to unforeseen circumstances. We proudly provided $750 to the Hazlett Family to help cover an FM system that hooks into their child’s cochlear implants and allows her to hear what is being said. Teachers and parents have reported that it has helped. Since this device isn’t covered by insurance, it is our joy and pleasure to be able to support the Hazlett family!
Photo: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Autumn
Green, AiN’s executive director and founder, Kristin McGrath and AiN volunteer
presenting a check to the Hazlett family.