location in the works – New Orleans, Louisiana
TARGET OPENING: 2018
LOCATION: TBD Greater New Orleans Area
STATUS: Planning and Fundraising
OUR STORY: Families in the Greater New Orleans area have been dreaming about opening a GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center for some time now. There are currently 33 Playhouses in the U.S. and Mexico providing custom, research-based curricula geared towards advancing literacy and math skills, improving gross and fine motor skills and low muscle tone, building self-esteem, and preparing individuals with Down syndrome for the workforce and the future. The effort to bring GiGi’s Playhouse to New Orleans, currently spearheaded by families of individuals with Down syndrome, is truly a labor of love. We are excited to bring GiGi’s Playhouse to our city so parents can have a place where they receive support, understanding, and, most of all, the knowledge that our children can achieve great things. We want to counter negative perspectives of Down syndrome with unbiased information. We will provide our families with a welcoming space where individuals with Ds can be given the tools and the little bit of extra help they need to learn, grow healthy, and become successful adults. New Orleans GiGi’s Playhouse will support the education of all people with Down syndrome, and we will continue to support those individuals with Ds as they mature into adulthood by providing programming geared towards their age group.
VOLUNTEERS: GiGi’s cannot survive without volunteers! Our team is working hard to create a top-notch GiGi’s location and program for families across the Greater New Orleans area. We will soon begin our search for educators, therapists, interested family members and members of the community who wish to volunteer their time to provide programs for individuals with Down syndrome. The programming will be designed to promote their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing and advancement. We will need volunteers to do everything from cleaning toys, welcoming families and distributing snacks during programs to leading the program sessions and providing one-on-one tutoring. Click here to volunteer.
DONATIONS: We are in the beginning stages of raising funds to to cover the first year’s operating costs, including rent, utilities, insurance and potential build-out of our facility, as well as equipment, educational materials and therapy supplies, etc. Since all programs are FREE to families, we will depend upon your generous donations. If you would like to DONATE FUNDS please click here. GiGi’s Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so all monetary donations are tax deductible. Every dollar helps!
THANK YOU! A big thank you to all involved in making GiGi’s Playhouse of Greater New Orleans a reality.