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Sister's Kids

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Nicholas was born with a genetic abnormality that rendered him legally blind, unable to walk and unable to talk. 

When she first came to McGuire, Katherine who is autistic and only slightly verbal, had serious behavior issues because she couldn't express her emotions. 

Doctors estimated that Maureen would not live beyond her twelfth birthday. 

Mitchell's family increasingly worried about his care and safety at home, knowing that someone needed to be at his side 24/7. 

When he first came as a preschooler to The School at McGuire Memorial, Andrew was unable to walk.

A little over fifty years ago, there were few warm, caring places for children or adults like Nicholas, Katherine, Maureen, Mitchell or Andrew with intellectual disabilities, let alone those with complex medical challenges. But thanks to the Felician Sisters, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, our community champions, and a caring community whose enthusiasm and generosity refused to wane—even though our services and our needs continue to grow—we have given God’s very special children a place where they can renew their enthusiasm for life, overcome obstacles, and serve as an inspiration to those of us who are privileged enough to work for them.

Today Nicholas and Katherine use communication devices to express themselves. Maureen has proven her doctor’s wrong and made magnificent strides that fill her parent’s hearts with joy. Happiness and success have been added to Mitchell’s life, and Andrew doesn’t walk. He runs on the playground with his friends.

Other challenges still exist, but because of your financial support, McGuire Memorial is able to offer individualized programs of specialized support filled with rich experiences and wondrous accomplishments. The growth of McGuire Memorial is a testament to the loving way that we respond to all people entrusted in our care.

Please support “Sister’s Kids” this year so that the good work of Sister Mary Thaddeus and her dedicated staff at McGuire Memorial can continue.

A $10 contribution can provide a sensory program at our greenhouse for an entire class.

A $25 contribution can transport individuals to and from the vocational training center each week so that they can gain employment skills.

A $50 contribution can provide a special birthday or Christmas gift to a resident at McGuire Memorial who has lost contact with his or her family.

A $100 contribution can help to sponsor a field trip for residents of one of our community homes.

A $250 contribution provides additional therapy to a person with a disability who needs comfort on a difficult day.

A $500 contribution helps us to maintain and repair our specially designed outdoor furniture and playground equipment.

A $1,000 contribution can help us to purchase new technologies for communicating with a nonverbal child.

All gifts are greatly appreciated!





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