Jenalyn’s Work

In today’s fast-paced world, finding moments of genuine connection and heartfelt gestures can feel like a rare treasure. Here at our organization, we are fortunate to have a shining example of such kindness: Jenalyn. Every Thursday, Jenalyn dedicates her time to writing birthday cards for our families, a tradition that has become a cherished part…

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Volunteer Spotlight – Julia Cobley

At GiGi’s Playhouse, we are incredibly fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers who bring their unique talents and passion to our community. One such outstanding volunteer is Julia Cobley, who leads our music programs with unparalleled enthusiasm and commitment.   Julia has been a vital part of our Playhouse for the past 6 years. She has…

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Playhouse Inspiration – Syneous Health by Jeanhee Hoffman, ED

What an honor when you get a phone call that a local company wants to bring their employees to volunteer for a program during their workweek! Syneos Health visited GiGi’s Playhouse on May 17 and with their arms full of program supplies and all the makings for ice cream sundaes (all in-kind donations)!! They helped…

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Honoring The Stephenson Foundation: Empowering GiGi’s Playhouse Programs

At GiGi’s Playhouse, we are beyond grateful for the unwavering support of organizations like The Stephenson Foundation. Their generosity over the years has been instrumental in fueling our mission to provide purposeful programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Thanks to the continuous support of The Stephenson Foundation, we have been able to…

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Harmonies of Dedication: Honoring Rosemary

What do you picture when you think about the GiGi’s Playhouse Joyful Ringers? Besides our participants with brightly colored handbells, ready to perform, you see our amazing Program Leader, Rosemary Campbell. With her contagious smile from ear to ear, she is ready to play some beautiful music for everyone to hear. Rosemary has been an…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sheila Mathis

In the vibrant tapestry of volunteers at GiGi’s Playhouse, Sheila Mathis stands out as a beacon of dedication and compassion. Serving as a GiGi Prep co-leader, Sheila plays a pivotal role in equipping adults with Down syndrome with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the workforce with confidence and competence. Her commitment to empowering…

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Embracing the Joy of Teaching: A Journey with Aadhav

As a retired language arts teacher, Sonja has seen every tutoring session with Aadhav, as a treasure trove of unforgettable moments. It may seem impossible to label each encounter as the “best of all,” but with Aadhav, every moment truly was extraordinary. From the very beginning, Aadhav has brought infectious enthusiasm to their session. His…

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Magical Musical Moments written by Julia Cobley

Magical Musical Moments happen every time I share music with our friends at GiGi’s. I teach ukulele to our adult friends and general music and movement to our littles. Each week I am asked to write down a special moment in class. I can never just write one. There are so many special moments to…

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A Love Beyond Limits: Matthew Schwab and Lucia Romano’s Inspiring Journey 

Love knows no boundaries, and it certainly transcends societal expectations. In a heartwarming story that unfolded at GiGi’s Playhouse’s National Conference in Chicago, two incredible individuals, Matthew Schwab and Lucia Romano, celebrated not only their love for each other but also a profound commitment to advocacy and breaking barriers for the Down syndrome community. Having…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Contance’s Dedication 

Volunteers play a pivotal role in shaping the success of community organizations and events. They are the unsung heroes who selflessly dedicate their time and energy to make a difference. Among these remarkable individuals, Constance Leder stands out as a true exemplar of volunteerism. She is not just a volunteer; she is a key volunteer…

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