Location in the works- Lancaster, PA
Target opening: Spring 2018
Location: TBD Lancaster, PA
Status: Planning and Fundraising
Contact: Christine Hewitt at Lancaster@gigisplayhouse.org
Our Story: We are so excited to open GiGi’s Playhouse in Lancaster, PA! We have a great community of families, friends, educators, and community members who are working together to make the dream of GiGi’s a reality! Over the past few years, we have established a great network of families and individuals in the Lancaster area who love someone with Down syndrome through our local group, Celebrate Down Syndrome. We believe that by opening GiGi’s Playhouse, we will have a great opportunity to impact even more families in Lancaster and the surrounding counties.
GiGi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center that provides support and services from pre-natal through adulthood. GiGi’s Playhouse offers programs focused on building skills in children of all ages, while GiGi University offers programs focused on building skills in young adults and adults. GiGi’s uses research-based curriculum that works toward improving each individual’s literacy, math, motor skills, self-esteem, and vocational skills. GiGi’s was established 13 years ago and has 31 locations across the United States and in Mexico. There are also 9 Playhouses coming soon, including Lancaster, PA!
Through GiGi’s, we will be able to provide a physical location for families and individuals to participate in social, therapeutic, and educational programs, such as tutoring, sibling groups, playgroups, music classes, cooking classes, and more. We believe that individuals with Down syndrome have a unique ability to touch someone’s heart and change their life in a positive way. We believe that every person with Down syndrome can make a big difference in the lives of their families, friends, and community! Through GiGi’s Playhouse and GiGi University, we want to empower individuals with Down syndrome to overcome obstacles, reach their goals, and be the best they can be!
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Upcoming Events: Check this webpage and follow us on Facebook to find details of upcoming events and fundraisers.
Volunteers: Opening GiGi’s will be possible due to time and dedication from volunteers. Many of our volunteers are family members, friends, educators, therapists, and other community members. We are looking for volunteers that have a variety of abilities, including cleaning toys, providing one-on-one tutoring, preparing mailings, leading programs, and more. If you are interested in sharing your abilities and time, we would love getting to know you and having you volunteer alongside us. Volunteering has the potential to change your life!
Donations: We offer all programs to families for free, so any donation helps. GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. All monetary donations are tax deductible. As we get closer to opening the Playhouse, we will have a list of specific items that could be donated, such as furniture, toys, therapy supplies, construction services, and educational materials. Look here for that list in the next few months. Thank you!
We are so excited to bring GiGi’s to Lancaster so that we can walk beside families who are just receiving a diagnosis, encourage toddlers to reach their next milestone, play alongside preschoolers, encourage elementary students to read, and promote independence in young adults! We hope that you join in this journey with us!