Recently, Greg and Victoria Haislip opened up their doors at 2nd Street Lunch to our Exceptional Children's Life Skills classroom. Sharing similar interests and passion for individuals with special needs, our collaboration hit the ground running and we haven’t looked back since. Through all of our collaboration, I have gotten to know these two phenomenal people very well. They opened their door to us, which in turn opened my heart to them.
Owen Hicks is the son of Victoria and Greg Haislip. He is 20 years old and attends Mason Life, a program for individuals with intellectual disabilities at George Mason University. In the fall, Owen will be entering his sophomore year. The program offers college courses, life skills training, and the opportunity for independence. Through this program, Owen is able to live in a dorm with peers and choose from a variety of courses that the college has to offer. It gives students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the same experiences as their same age peers. Although Mason Life is very beneficial, it is also very expensive. With 3 other children in college, it has become almost impossible for them to come up with the money needed in order to send Owen back to school for his sophomore year. They have come up with $28,000, but are still short $12,000. ￼￼ I have racked my brain in trying to come up with a solution to this and will continue until I find one. I feel that God crossed our paths for specific reasons and I will be forever grateful. Please help me in helping them to reach this goal. Thank you so much for your consideration. Pay it forward. Serve with Passion.
Visit this link for a brief insight on Owen and the program.
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