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A note from a parent

I have been thinking about the great things that I've seen in the Speech program at GiGi's since you and your group of students have been working with our "differently-abled" loved ones. I'm elated, let alone thrilled, at the progress "All" students have made! e.g., self confidence, speech clarity, "selectiveness...
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Happy Father’s Day!

The Toros Family I am not worthy, but God blessed me with 3 amazing kids.   Shortly after marrying the love of my life, I was blessed to witness the birth of our firstborn, a moment that changed my life forever. My focus quickly shifted towards...
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A special ‘thank you’

GiGi's Playhouse, Wanted to take a moment to thank you all for putting on some wonderful events and being so welcoming. As new parents it is so comforting that there are folks like you to help guide and welcome us into these unfamiliar waters. We can't wait for the Chapel...
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Volunteer Spotlight

Since last fall, Greta has given GiGi's Playhouse her time and talents as a volunteer. We are so thankful for Greta's dedication to GiGi's! She keeps us on task with administrative duties, is GREAT serving our families, and always has innovative ideas for projects and events. Thank you, Greta...we appreciate you!
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The Impact of Speech Therapy Programs

We recently wrapped up another session of our Amina Grace Program for Spring 2022. Here are some wonderful impact statements from our NCCU graduate students, led by Dr. Kathryn Dorney! “I am so glad that I was placed at GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh this semester! Every time I walked through the...
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GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge – A Reflection

I’m a long-time volunteer with GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh. I do not have a child or immediate family member with Down syndrome, so I value opportunities for my own children to be a part of the GiGi’s Playhouse community and learn that we’re all more alike than different. The recent 2022...
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Making a Difference

As staff, we have the privilege of experiencing the impactful work our volunteers do every day. YOU set the example, and our Programs Coordinator didn't want to miss out. That's why Laura signed on for literacy tutoring. Below is a note from her student's mother: "I am writing to you...

Volunteer Spotlight

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week, and we can't let it pass by without mentioning one of the BEST! Kim Eyerman has played a huge role here at our Playhouse. As many of you know, Kim has been involved with our adult participants where she has helped build an incredible...

Talking all things GiGi’s with Elizabeth a committed participant!

ALL things GiGi’s with Elizabeth H  If you are a frequent visitor of GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh then you have probably met Elizabeth Heenan, a 37-year-old woman with Down syndrome who is a very active member of GiGi’s! She has been volunteering and participating at GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh since 2017! We...

Freely changing lives by giving their time!

The definition of a volunteer is “a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.” Yes, you read that right; FREELY offers to take part in a task. A volunteer gives up their time, energy, and so many other priceless parts of themselves to help a cause. GiGi’s is a 99% Volunteer run organization which...

I learned the importance of acceptance, love, kindness, and joy through every encounter!

I am so grateful for my time working at GiGi’s Playhouse in Raleigh this summer. I learned the importance of acceptance, love, kindness, and joy through every encounter. I also got to see the behind-the-scenes of program creation and implementation. I had the opportunity to help with the Gratitude Committee,...

Why Community Support Matters <3

When I was 23 years old and fresh out of college, I became a Developmental Therapist. My job entailed going to different daycares and people’s homes in the Raleigh area and helping children, ages birth-3 years old, to meet their developmental milestones. There was so much joy in getting to support parents on their journey of helping their children take...