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Bringing Parents Together at GiGi’s Playhouse

Have you heard about the GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough Parent Group? For our blog this month, we sat down with Parent Group Program Leader Jessica McMullen to learn more about this important forum and what the group hopes to accomplish. Q: What is the purpose of the GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough Parent Group? JM:   The parents group is a…

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Meet the Diaz Family

In this new series, we will spotlight how GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough is a place of hope for families with children of all ages—from newborn to adult. Whether your child is 46 DAYS old or 46 YEARS old (or younger….or older!), GiGi’s provides a range of purposeful, enriching programs meet your needs while also serving as a…

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Recapping the Volunteer Round Table

On Monday, June 03, 2019, GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough Volunteer Coordinator Tom Boon and Playhouse Manager Liz Kepniss sat down with volunteers for a Volunteer Round Table. Over a dinner of pizza and salad, volunteers were given the opportunity to ask questions, share observations, and express concerns. Volunteers also learned about leadership opportunities, including current program…

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Bonding, Laughter, and Camaraderie: All This And More at …..Nuestros Angeles

By Andrea Maio Making its debut on the GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough program calendar in 2016, the Nuestros Angeles program provides support, networking, and socialization opportunities for Spanish-speaking families and participants. What started as strangers coming together (of course with the common bond of having a family member with Down syndrome) has turned into a group…

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Celebrate at the 5th Annual “i have a Voice” Gala

Why attend the 5th Annual i have a Voice Gala? To help Celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and them achieving their Best of All every day at GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough. And to Celebrate Scott, age 45, and his achievements in the Amina Grace Speech & Language program. Since Scott began coming to the Playhouse in 2016 there were…

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Meet Count Graham: DJ to Special Needs Organizations

by Christy Bouziotis When he’s not hard at work as a computer programmer for United Healthcare, George Graham trades in his laptop, technology manuals, and coding algorithms for turntables, mixers, speakers, and headphones as he transforms into Count Graham, Special Needs DJ! For more than 13 years, George has offered FREE DJ services to any…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Sreya

When I first walked into GiGi’s Playhouse, I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. I knew I loved spending time with people with special needs, as I had done so often in the past with family friends and people at school. However, I had never met anyone with Down syndrome before. Despite the fact that…

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4 Years of GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough

January 11, 2015– Our grand opening! GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough, the 18th Playhouse in the network, was officially open and ready to bring our FREE educational and therapeutic programming to the New Jersey Down syndrome community! Since that day four years ago, individuals with Down syndrome have walked through our doors over 3,000 times! They have…

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It happened at GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough in 2018…

2018 saw many great things happen at GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough. Our participants flourished and made great strides in achieving their best of all in everything they did. These are just a few of those stories… Caryn and Chris have been interning at the Playhouse for over three years. Among their responsibilities is to be an…

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A Family’s Unconditional Love; A Brother’s Purpose

When Hanny Busono was 12 weeks along in her pregnancy, she and her husband were told that the baby girl they were expecting would very likely have Down syndrome.  “Based on the markers,” the doctor said, “there is a 1 in 40 chance of Down syndrome.” Unfortunately, this news was followed up with various fear-inducing…

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