Being a both a runner and a Special Education major at UW-Madison, I will be running the Door County Half Marathon to fundraise for the Sunshine House Inc. in Sturgeon Bay this year. Community has always been incredibly important to me, and with your help we can support individuals with disabilities and special needs. Here is a description about the Sunshine House, taken directly from their website.
"Sunshine House Inc. was started in Door County by a handful of parents in 1971. These parents wanted more for their children to experience and be a part of and with their determination Sunshine House Inc. evolved into the great organization it is today. We are still operating this non-for-profit organization 40 some years later with the same Mission - of achieving full participation in society of people with special needs.
Since its inception, Sunshine House Inc. has been providing services to Door County's citizen's with special needs and disabilities. Each individual who participates in the services offered at Sunshine house Inc. has a unique program designed to meet each individual's requirements. Circumstances that may have affected an individual include: developmental disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, early-onset Alzheimer's disease, stroke, other neurological disorders, brain trauma, alcoholism, drug dependency and serious and persistent mental illness.
Direct care services are available to individuals with more intense personal needs and, along with day services, offer opportunities for community outings and a variety of development and recreational experiences as well as prevocational skills opportunities.
It has been the goal of Sunshine house Inc. to provide diverse employment opportunities and day services which develops life skills and fosters independence, allowing each individual the opportunity to contribute to his or her own well being and to the community in which they live."
After working in Ephraim for the past 5 summers, Door County has become incredibly dear to my heart. For anyone else who has visited, I'm sure you have similar feelings. Help to support others with this same love for Door County by supporting the Sunshine House with me!