An Answered Prayer

For so many parents with a special needs child, a place like Brookwood is an answered prayer. Special needs parents and guardians have felt this more than ever during the past few months as many Citizens have had to quarantine at home and not take part in the work they so deeply love. Day Program Citizen Blake’s mom Callie said life has always been a struggle as a special needs parent, and she’s hoping her story will give hope to other moms especially in these uncertain times.

Blake is a recent graduate of Alief Taylor High School and calls himself the Red Ranger. He can finish a 100-piece puzzle in just one afternoon, and he’ll spend hours on the race car games at Dave & Buster’s. Blake can’t wait to get back to work in Stonecasting (or as he refers to it Stone Castle Shop), and the Cement Shop.

“I wanted to express how thankful I am that Blake was accepted into Brookwood. It was something I never thought I could ever do with him since I am a single parent with not much income. Thank you for the scholarship and the opportunity for this chance. Blake LOVES going to work. My child is eating and trying new things that I haven’t been able to get him to do in 23 years. I went to spy on him a few weeks after he started, and he was in the breakroom cracking up with his friends. I am so thankful and appreciate everything you guys do. I am proud of him, and can’t wait until he’s able to return to work,” says Callie.

Thanks to our generous supporters, Brookwood continues to give over a million dollars in scholarship assistance each year. So many families have been deeply impacted by the global pandemic and now rely on these funds more than ever. Will you help us support adults with disabilities like Blake as we adapt to our ever-changing circumstances due to COVID-19?

Now through July 31, donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 thanks to a generous donor.

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