Having a child with special needs is life-changing.
Most families are not prepared and do not even know where to begin in getting the resources and support they need. That's exactly what happened to the Reimer family with the birth of their son Elisha. Plans changed. Dreams were reshaped. And through this came the idea that families who are experiencing disability need more resources. The Elisha Foundation was formed and now hosts retreats for families to provide insight, refreshment, and direction in the midst of disability.
The Elisha Foundation family retreat provides refreshment and encouragement to families who are caring for people with special needs. A balance of listening, training, workshops, and fun activities in an intimate environment are what help refresh families and send them back home able to take on life's challenges.
The International Work
Over the past few years, The Elisha Foundation has grown from doing their work in the USA to doing the same work internationally. And this work is so extremely important for people facing disability. Families can be pushed into isolation with minimal services offered; that why in 2016, the Reimer family picked up and moved to Ukraine. The place is strategic to reaching out to the entire region and beyond, for families with special needs.
Meet the Franklins
Part of making it possible for the Reimers to move internationally was for someone to fill the director role in the US. That's where the Franklins come in. For the past years, Brad has been a Special Eduction teacher; but when he was introduced to Justin Reimer, something clicked. Progress gave way and now Brad is heading up the work of the Elisha Foundation in the US, planning much needed retreats to families is desperate need.