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3 Questions with Volunteer Janet Castillo

1) How are you connected to GiGi’s Playhouse? I’m connected to GiGi’s because I have a wonderful son with Down syndrome. 2) What free program do you volunteer for? I volunteer to teach young adults how to decorate cakes in simple steps. 3) What was your favorite part about volunteering? My favorite part about volunteering…

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Feeling the Love at Fantastic Friends

  Let me tell you why the Brown Family loves GiGi’s Playhouse! Last Friday, Eric & Jamie attended Fantastic Friends. With their friends, they socialized, had dinner, played fun games, and laughed!!! Activities like Fantastic Friends are a free resource to families in the area. -Colleen Brown

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The Positive Impact of Purposeful Programming

Christian will be starting kindergarten this fall! He’s finally using his voice & trying to say so many new words & phrases! It’s been incredible to hear him speak. Just this morning he said, “Alec-play balloon with me right now!!!!!!” This is a boy who confidently only said 5 words: Mom, Dad, Awick, Bah, No…

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Life Skill Practice

I walked with Tim to McDonald’s on the first day of GiGi Prep (he forgot his lunch.)  He walked up to the cash register and proudly said, “I would like a number 2 with a tea.”  The employee told him it would cost $8.20 so Tim took the money out of his wallet and placed…

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Tim and His GiGi Prep Success

  Tim at home is always goofy, care free and likes to dance. Having Tim complete GiGi Prep allowed him to open up and become more confident which rarely we see in public. The Tim you see today is the new Tim, making GiGi’s Playhouse Tinley Park HIS Playhouse! -Nancy, Tim’s Mom

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Why Volunteer at GiGi’s?

  For me, GiGi’s has been the best thing I didn’t even know I needed. I started volunteering at GiGi’s 5 years ago. From the first time I stepped foot in the door, I was completely in love. In the beginning, I stuck close to my babies at 2 and Under, and this program is…

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Cooking Club with Friends

Cooking Club is a great get-together for providing social skills among friends, learning about different cookware and how to use the appropriate utensils. Our participants build teamwork as they prep, cut-up and prepare easy meals, all while trying out different foods. The volunteers who run the program are beyond amazing. -Donna, Bridget’s Mom

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Abby and Her GiGi Prep Success

With the first GiGi Prep ending, I began to reflect on all of the changes I have seen in Abby. Prior to beginning GiGi Prep she would clean up after a meal, but if I offered to do it she would gladly accept. Now, she actually gets upset with me if I don’t allow her…

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Ryan and His GiGi Prep Success

Our son Ryan is enrolled in the new GiGi Prep. One night as we were eating, out of the blue Ryan pointed out which foods were protein, vegetables, etc! My husband and I were so impressed that we were kicking each other under the table. Our family is grateful for all that GiGi’s does and…

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THANK YOU to our 2019 Gala Sponsors!!!

It takes a village…and ours is AMAZING!!!!! Thank you to our INCREDIBLE 2019 Gala sponsors!!!!! Gold -DuMais Pediatrics -Nicor -Ozinga -Palos Pediatric Dentistry/Friends of Annie Facko -Performance Management & Realty -Port Ministries Silver -LMCC / Labor Management Cooperation Committee Bronze -Apollo Development and Investment -Tom Olofsson Friends & Family -Anonymous -Anonymous -Clifford Family -Countryside Bank…

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