I would like to take this opportunity to express my family's appreciation to the United Way for their support of the Special Persons Advocacy Network, better known as SPAN, Inc. Several years ago, our nephew, who has mental retardation, came to live with us. The United Way funds have made it possible for him to attend camp and to have time away from home on a regular basis. The respite time gave my husband and me the opportunity to have time together or to take short trips. My husband recently passed away so the support from this group has been very helpful and, especially, the assistance with respite expense during this difficult time in our lives.
I would encourage any family who has a special needs person in their life to come and be a part of SPAN. Because of United Way, SPAN has been able to help families with camp, recreation and respite opportunities.