We once again applaud these terrific, outstanding women for their jobs that they do each and everyday. Please remind them on tough days, that they do make a difference in a child’s life. They also make a huge impact on the parent’s lives as well. Thank you again Imua Family Services for all that you do and provide for the community of Maui. We look forward to engaging in fundraisers and promoting Imua, as I have done several times already.
A grateful Parent
My Family has been a beneficiary of Imua Family Services for many years as a result of my son’s participation in Camp Imua. My son attended his first Camp Imua in 2001 at age 7 and will be attending this coming summer as a 20 year old, his last year of eligibility. He has come a long way since his first experience overnight away from his parents, to the young adult he has now become.
He has multiple disabilities, both developmental and physical, and in his earliest years presented challenges to his counselors due to his fears, anxiety and aggression. His first camp lasted only two days due to some of these challenges and for the next few years we had to “bribe” him to attend.
As he matured and his challenges became more controlled, he began to look forward to the upcoming week due to positive experiences from his counselors, friends from the prior years and all the exciting events you provide. In addition, he grew in maturity as well as physically; he began to feel more confident with himself and was made to feel like he belonged, not only by his fellow campers. but more importantly, by all the volunteers. Camp Imua is the first place he made friends with people other than those with special needs. This was beneficial to his growth as he moved into his high school years as several of his counselors were of similar age.
In more ways than one, my son has grown leaps and bounds since his first Camp back in 2001. He is now driving, has a job and is navigating in the community with pride and confidence. There are many reasons for his growth and Imua Family Services and Camp Imua have contributed greatly to his maturity and positive outlook on life.
Mahalo and good luck with your event,
Dear Imua Family Services,
I hope this letter finds you in good spirits. My name is Rosie Jacobs and I am a full time mom. I have a wonderful 3 year old son name Nathaniel. Our little Nate was diagnosed with PDD NOS. We started to notice the symptoms when he was 18 months old, and as new parents we didn’t have any idea where to seek help for our little boy. Nate’s pediatrician told us to contact Imua Family Services and we are so grateful that we did. Nate started to get services from Imua in June of 2013 and ended on January of 2014 when he turned 3. With Imua’s help, Nate blossomed and started to interact with people and his peers again.
Now he’s such a sweet, loving and social boy in his class. Jeff (my husband) and I would like to give a big mahalo to you and to Imua Family Services for everything you’ve done for Nate. You have such an amazing team here and the Jacobs ohana are so grateful that your team was there when we needed help. I don’t know what would’ve happened and what we would have done if Imua wasn’t there when Nathaniel needed help. I want to say thank you to the PTG teachers, Ro, Stella and Lily and Nate’s Special Instruction Teacher, Christy Edwards. Last but not the least, I want to take this opportunity to commend these 3 beautiful ladies. Robin Burke – Care Coordinator, Amanda Hansen – Speech Teacher and Stacey Teshima -OT, that spent a tremendous amount of time and effort and did everything they could to help Nate grow and prosper. These 3 ladies did an outstanding and amazing job. I have to say they’ve been so focused, helpful, professional and consistent in what they do.
Thank you all so very so much for all your hard work, passion and dedication. And thank you to Robin Burke once again for making this awesome journey possible and for making Nate’s customized one-on-one training with BAYADA a great success. It’s been a great, wonderful and memorable journey. The memory of Nate’s wonderful experience with Imua will stay forever in our hearts. Please let us know how we can help and contribute back. We are forever grateful to Imua Family Services.
Rosie & Jeff Jacobs
Thank you so much again for giving us the honor to share at the Fantasia Ball. We can’t thank you all enough for the wonderful work that you do! It’s because of your wonderful team’s amazing support and therapeutic services that our daughter is showing a lot of gains since her diagnosis of autism. Even our staff at Pomaikai gave the credit to Imua’s speech pathologists for her gains in her most recent assessment due to her significant progress in the area of speech.
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Watching a child grow is a thrilling adventure, but it can also be daunting, as you realize something is just not right with your child. Parents are not early childhood experts. When you have a child with developmental challenges you need support, Imua Family Services was our answer. Imua provide much needed guidance, therapy, and services to our family and for over 400 additional families on Maui.
As each month passed after 18 months, and our son Zadoc still didn’t have any words, we knew it was time to seek help. Knowing little about Imua at the start of journey; we couldn’t imagine what a magical part of our lives it would become. From the very first meeting with our future Care Coordinator, all the uncertainty we had disappeared. Once our team was in place, and at home therapy began, we couldn’t believe the progress our child made. Our only struggle was dealing with his tears when each session was over; he absolutely adored his therapist. As an added bonus we were able to become part of the Parent Toddler Group, which provided both a peer group our son was comfortable with and a community of parents we were able to relate to.
Imua Family Services needs the support of donors like you. The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical for development. Our island children deserve the best support available and with your help, Imua is able to provide that. Imua Family Services provides comprehensive therapeutic services including; care coordination, speech language pathology, physical and occupational therapy, special instruction and general education services.
We will always grateful to Imua Family Services for giving our child his voice. At age three he will now talk your ear off, and we will forever cherish those words and his team of therapists, that help build his vocabulary.
When you support Imua Family Services, you help change the lives of children and families in need of services. For 67 years Imua has been the key to helping island children gain the skills needed to have a healthy productive life.
Zadoc and Stephanie Brown
There comes a time in every person’s life when they are faced with an issue, a problem or a challenge that appears insurmountable. We may not be prepared or able to cope with the challenge because of circumstances or perhaps we were just not ready.
When we think of the birth of a child, whether our own, a friends, or another family member, a few adjectives that describe that perfect occasion are joyous, miraculous, and beautiful. We rarely allow ourselves to think about those occasions as being challenging or fraught with confusion and despair.
The fact is that we are presented with challenges for which we do not readily hold the answers and that can be a very frightening experience particularly for parents of children born under challenging circumstances or with special needs. We are truly fortunate that there is an agency right here in our own backyard that is ready to provide the answers and lend a helping hand when parents are in need of help.
Imua Family Services has been providing support services to Maui residents for the past 65 years thanks to the help and generous support of donors such as you. It’s thanks to you that new parents have a place to seek advice, receive assistance and build a better future for our keiki born prematurely or with special needs. It’s thanks to you that our keiki receive speech therapy, strength therapy, and many more services that are critical to proper development.
As parents of a child born prematurely, we were woefully unprepared and uncertain about our son’s future. We had no experience and no idea of where to turn for help. In a very short time after his birth, we were contacted by the angels at Imua who were ready to become a part of our life and, more importantly, the life of our son Riley. They were there with welcoming and comforting arms assuring us that a bright future lay ahead.
We simply do not know what we would have done without the help of these angels.
I urge you to please continue to support Imua Family Services in their mission to help our keiki. It is through their help that we will bring a bright future to all keiki in need.
With deepest appreciation,
Keith A. Regan and Lynn A.S. Araki-Regan