Dear Friends and Family,
I have the amazing opportunity to travel to Jamaica in March on a mission with a non-profit organization called Therapy Missions. We are working with the Mustard Seed Community Organization. My team and I leave on March 23, 2013 for a week long mission. We will live and work at orphanages for children, teens and adults with disabilities. In Jamaica, the Mustard Seed Community is caring for nearly 400 children, teens and adults in 15 different orphanages.
While in Jamaica we will bring our professional skills to assess and treat the children, helping them to reach their potential while assisting them in becoming participating members of their community. For many, this means adapting a wheelchair to make sitting more functional or giving someone an alternative means to communicate with others. We will aid others in learning how to feed and dress themselves. Although individual treatment will take place, our main emphasis during the week will be to teach and train the dedicated staff who work at the orphanage. We will do this by working side by side with the staff and holding daily workshops. Our goal is to leave the staff with the ability to carry on our work after we leave.
I am looking forward to this opportunity to use my occupational therapy skills to make a difference in the lives of those who have been abandoned because of disability or disease. In addition to your thoughts and prayers, you can help me pay for my expenses for this mission. Please consider making a donation to my fundraising effort. All donations are tax deductible. My goal is $1,200. If you would prefer, you can send a check to Therapy Missions, Inc. 35 Ann Drive East Greenwich, RI 02818. Make sure that you note that the donation is for my trip. I cannot thank you enough for your support-it means a great deal to me personally and even more to the children and adults that I will serve. Please help me spread the word about the work of Therapy Missions and check out our website:www.therapymissions.org.