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Making a Difference by Volunteering

As we reflect on this fabulous volunteer awareness month, we can't help but notice the striking positive impact individuals with Ds have on those lucky enough to be a part of their world. That “luckiness” happens more frequently at the Playhouse, as we are constantly making connections and building relationships...
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World Down Syndrome Day

WHAT IF?   A REFLECTION ON WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY If you were not able to make it to our World Down Syndrome Day celebration on March 21, you really missed out!  About 95 of our friends showed up to party with us, and we had an amazing time.  We had...
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Violet’s Giving

As we enter the season of giving, it seems appropriate to start us off with a great example of giving back by spotlighting a very generous Playhouse participant. Violet (age 18) is a long-time participant who recently came in with a $500 donation for us! She works hard to earn...
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Jeremy: Leading the Way

This month, we want to recognize a remarkable young man who never allows fear or anxiety to keep him down. Jeremy is an active participant at the Playhouse who enjoys participating in multiple programs. He loves singing, dancing, and acting in our Portal Theatre program; he is a long-standing tutoring...
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GiGi U Immersion Week

Last Friday, we wrapped up one of our favorite weeks of the year, GiGi U Immersion Week! This is a week where we invite current, former, and prospective participants to a fabulous, fun-filled week. During this week, we focus strongly on building social bonds with our friends, old and new,...
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Living Kindness Out Loud

This month in the world of GiGi’s Playhouse, we are celebrating kindness. We value kindness at GiGi’s for more reasons than we could name, but wow! What a powerful and uniting value to embody! We believe so much in the principles of kindness that we have built them into the...
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Get That Elevator Speech Ready!

“GET THAT ELEVATOR SPEECH READY!” Because GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford is such a big part of the daily lives of people who attend programs, work, or volunteer here, it’s hard to remember that the “average Joe” on the street may not know who we are and what we do.  Our Operations...
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Practicing Change

At GiGi’s Playhouse, each month of 2023 has a particular theme. In February, the theme (not surprisingly) was “Love.” For the month of March, the theme has been “Change.”  Change comes in many forms, and it means different things to different people. But one thing that most people can agree...

Show Us the LOVE

This month, we are feeling the love! The Rockford community has pulled out all the stops for our month of love, and we could not be more grateful. There are so many outstanding displays of love that we decided to list them for you!  Home Depot: Talk about showing love to...
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Katie and Mikayla

When you hear the word intern, you probably think of coffee runs and low-level busy work. Well, here at GiGi's Playhouse Rockford, we think of interns quite differently. Our interns are integral to the overall functioning of the Playhouse. Interning with us gives you a real insight into what it...

An Attitude of Gratitude

A new year is just around the corner. While we look ahead to our hopes and dreams for 2023, we would be remiss if we did not also look back and reflect on what has brought us to where we are now.  At GiGi's Playhouse Rockford, we are both grateful...

GiGiFIT… LET’S DO THIS!

We are excited to announce that GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford will be launching a new GiGiFIT program in the coming months.  The GiGiFIT Program is designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome to develop independence and confidence in their abilities with an ultimate goal of mastering everyday tasks with less effort...