Growing up with a little brother with Down syndrome

“When first hearing about the DS diagnosis I cried, a lot. I was scared for the life he would have. I never thought he would live a bad life or…

Meet our wonderful NEW Site Manager!

  Marissa (Rissa) is a rehabilitation counselor with a specialization in cognitive disabilities. She holds a rehabilitation counseling certification, utilizing her skills in the field of different abilities encouraging folks…

Meet Valerie: our Awesome Volunteer and GiGi’s Kitchen Program Lead

Valerie S. Volunteer at Friends, Fun and Fitness, Fantastic Friends and GiGi’s Kitchen Program Lead Valerie S., originally from Riverside, CA has been volunteering with GiGi’s Playhouse San Diego since…

The magnificent mother-son duo: Trish and Zander Candia

Trish and Zander Candia   Our volunteer Trish Candia, originally from Oregon, moved to San Diego because of the SUN! Trish and her son Zander have been consistently volunteering at…

Meet our little folkloric dancer!

    About Carmen Carmen has been participating at Gigi’s Playhouse San Diego since the Summer of 2018. She started with music therapy with Ms. Lindsay. Carmen was so shy…

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GiGiPREP: EmployAble – Our new employment prep program!

We are excited to share with you EmployAble! A GiGi’s San Diego new employment prep program. What is EmployAble?The EmployAble program is designed to prepare adults with Down syndrome for employment opportunities…

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Meet Reilly – Our awesome new intern!

Reilly has ample experience volunteering with special care children, including being a Disability Aide at Messiah Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School (where she also leads their Sunday School for 3rd graders). She…

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Best caregivers a GiGi’s Playhouse could ask for

For the 2nd year in a row, we had the great opportunity to have as a group volunteer, the MENP Nursing students from UCSD volunteering at GiGi’s San Diego, but…

December Volunteer Spotlight: Victoria Capdevila

Meet Victoria!  Victoria started volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse in high school after meeting her best friend who has Down syndrome. She loved having a sense of community, building relationships through the playhouse,…

San Diego local Moms, found support on each other

  It all  started in October of 2020, during the COVID lock-down, after a few local moms found each other via various Facebook support groups.  They quickly realized they had several…