Family with special needs son lost everything in Almeda fire
For this family of a child with special needs, the most pressing need is permanent housing since theirs burned in September’s Almeda fire. Assistance with transportation will help them through this challenging transition.
This family of four secured temporary housing in Ashland, although it is further from the parents’ workplaces and the kids’ schools than their former home in Phoenix. Along with their residence, all of this family’s belongings were consumed in the devastating wildfire that swept through Ashland, Talent and Phoenix.
The mother, 46, and father, 36, have struggled to find child care for their son, who has Down syndrome. He is 6 years old, but his development is at the level of a 4-year-old, says Susie Garcia, family resource center manager for Kids Unlimited.
Clothing and shoes are in short supply for the boy, who wears size 5 shirts and pants and size 8 in kids’ shoes. A winter coat for him would be much appreciated, says Garcia. The boy enjoys playing doctor, so he would treasure any toys related to that profession. He also would love a guitar.
His 11-year-old sister could use clothing in girls’ size 12-14 and shoes in women’s size 5. Also lacking a winter coat and boots, the girl adores anything unicorn-themed.
Citing “empowerment through opportunity” as its mission, Kids Unlimited strives to go the extra mile to support its families and set them up for success, says Garcia. The organization’s Academy is a Medford School District charter school that also offers after-school, summer and Saturday programs.
To help, call Garcia at 541-650-5831.