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Barking Their Worth

Our GiGi University grads have started participating in GiGi U reunions. These reunions consist of gathering at the Playhouse to participate in a planned activity or going out into the community and exploring career or volunteer options. Most recently, our graduates teamed up with volunteers from I Can to make and bake dog treats for…

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A Match Made in Heaven

Kristy and Cameron have known each other for years, but it wasn’t until the two enrolled in GiGi University, that they really got to know each other well. The following is an account of their relationship, in their own words. They are a match made in heaven. Kristy started going to GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne…

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Never Hesitate to Advocate

Jennifer is one of our dedicated members of the Board of Directors at GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne. When putting together a quick biography for the organization, Jennifer’s words were a wonderful reminder that sometimes, we get caught up in everything we want to accomplish and forget to remember to celebrate how far we have come.…

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Healthy Eats with Sweet Rewards

Are you finding yourself looking for a fast and healthy food option? Luckily, GiGi’s Genesis Health Bar is now open and ready to help you on your journey to a healthier you! GiGi’s Genesis Health Bar is the first of its kind and opened its doors on December 17, 2018. It is the latest addition…

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CEO Day

Today was the second time that GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne was asked to be a presenter at Leo Junior High School’s CEO (Career Exploration Opportunity) Day! We were honored to be asked to speak to over 100 students about GiGi’s Playhouse and educating our new friends about Down syndrome and #generationG. Best of all, this…

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A View From The Edge

GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne hosted the FIRST rappelling fundraiser in Fort Wayne on July 20th at the Lamplight Inn in downtown Fort Wayne and to quote one of the brave rappellers, GiGi’s “put the fun in fundraiser!” We had rappellers of all ages and abilities on July 20th, but it was a blog post from…

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Making Huge Strides

The last week of June, GiGi Prep started and students began to work on readiness skills for the more intensive program, GiGi University in the Fall. One of the students in GiGi Prep, Kenneth, just started with GiGi’s Playhouse programs two weeks ago and we are already seeing such a change and cannot wait to…

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A Celebration of Life

Many people ask me how I became the Executive Director of GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne. My love of this amazing organization began in 2012 when one of my best friends, who was living in Chicago at the time, walked by a GiGi’s Playhouse and immediately called me and told me that she found my dream…

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Take Me Out to The Ball Game

Despite the frigid temperatures in Indiana, it is baseball season! Our local baseball team, Fort Wayne TinCaps, are kicked off their season this past Saturday, and if you were able to attend, you may have seen a familiar face! To say that Playhouse Ambassador, Sam, is a TinCaps’ number one fan would be an understatement.…

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Paired Progressions

Being a part of an international network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers has its perks! One of those perks being that we have brilliant minds within the network that are constantly researching, advocating, enhancing programs and more. One of the latest updates to our purposeful programs are Paired Progressions! We have always used Purposeful Progressions,…

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