According to Bryan’s House Board President Steven Upchurch,
“My wish is for the North Texas Community to come together to support early intervention services for children with special needs and their families at Bryan’s House.”
“Early intervention is crucial for at-risk children who are medically fragile or have social, emotional, or physical challenges to ensure they can reach their full potential. The Bryan’s House Early Childhood Development program is provided free-of-charge for our low-income families. Through the program, children from birth to age five experience an active-learning environment tailored to accommodate individual needs and educational goals. A full-time, on-site registered nurse ensures that the children receive necessary medication and medical assistance, including tube feedings, pain management, and emergency care. Children also receive essential mental health, occupational, physical, and speech therapies through our collaborative partners.
“The success stories we see every day are amazing. Anna** was born with multiple diagnoses, including Hypoplastic Right heart syndrome and Epilepsy. She enrolled in our Early Childhood Development program when she was two. Throughout the day, Anna needed multiple medications, g-tube feeding, and oxygen during naps. She was shy and just learning to walk. Bryan’s House teachers helped build her confidence, and she blossomed! Anna learned to walk, run, and climb! Slowly but surely, she was able to eat solid food and no longer needed her g-tube. As a result, she steadily gained weight and was able to participate in classroom activities. Community donations make success stories such as Anna’s possible.
“The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented time in our county and has brought untold hardships to our families. Many live paycheck to paycheck and are one emergency away from homelessness and unable to provide for their basic needs. According to our Social Services Director Marilyn Quinones, ‘Our families are especially impacted. Some family members choose when they eat on alternate days to ensure their children have the medicine they need.’
“Bryan’s House is intervening immensely! Since March 2020, we have provided direct financial assistance or helped our clients access almost $150,000 in emergency support, more than the last three years combined! We have empowered our clients to continue to support their families, put food on the table, and access much-needed transportation through this assistance.
“Our community is stronger when we support those who are most vulnerable. I hope you will donate to support the crucial work of Bryan’s House.
“To donate, go to http://www.bryanshouse.org/donate-now. VISA/Mastercard, grocery store, and gasoline gift cards are also welcome. Any gift card received will support our most needy families.”
* Photo/video provided by Bryan’s House ** Name changed