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What’s That Heart on Your Hand?

“Hey… what’s that heart on your hand?” I was in my own world, waiting my turn in a Sunday afternoon line at Woodman’s, contemplating my evening dinner menu.  Roasted pork loin and acorn squash had just won out in my head as I registered the inquisitive little voice asking the question.  I turned my attention…

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September 12, 2018 Dear GiGi’s Families, I am writing to let you know that I have resigned from my position of Executive Director as of September 21st. Although I have loved my time serving GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford, I have accepted a position with Wesley Willows as their Chief Advancement Officer. When I came here I…

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Volunteers at GiGi’s Make A Difference

GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford is one of my favorite places to volunteer. Everyone who works and volunteers at GiGi’s is extremely friendly. The facility is really nice and organized. The best part though, is the people at GiGi’s. They are a joy and there is never a dull moment with them. I have volunteered at GiGi’s…

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An Intern’s Experience

When I first started interning at GiGi’s Playhouse, I was excited because I wanted to experience a new environment and population. I had known that GiGi’s playhouse was a place to empower families and the community, but I have experienced so much more than just that. I am currently interning at GiGi’s Playhouse in Rockford,…

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Meet Nancy!

Meeting Nancy! Chief Belief Officer & GiGi’s Mom Hello friends, My name is Nancy Gianni and welcome to my blog!  OK I know I started a blog back in 2008 but this time I am sticking to it!  I have no choice!  It’s my own fault, I built this amazing organization with the help of…

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An Intern’s Perspective

I have been an intern at GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford since January of 2018. I have worked with students in the GiGi U program, tutored students in literacy, coordinated events, and I am conducting my own handwriting event. GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford has given me many opportunities that I would not have been able to have elsewhere.…

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GiGi U 2018!

The next semester of GiGi U starts January 9th, and I cannot wait!  We have so many exciting things happening!!  The first thing that will be happening is our internship program.  This program is for participants who have graduated from GiGi U and are taking the next steps in being a part of the workforce. …

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2017 Reflections

What a wonderful year it has been at GiGi’s Playhouse!  There are so many great moments that happen on a daily basis that I had to take a moment and look back through all the photos which chronicle life here at the Playhouse. As I began looking through them, I was reminded of how blessed…

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Believing in Down syndrome

I found this blog by David Aldridge to very encouraging and filled with hope. I think you will too! James’ dad writes to moms of unborn babies who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome Written by R. David Aldridge If you just found out that not only are you pregnant, but that it is very likely…

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