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A Letter from our CEO in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Dear We Rockers,

This past week has been an incredibly difficult one for our We Rock the Spectrum family as our gym owners in Texas face the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. As the CEO & Founder of We Rock the Spectrum, I have been in contact with our gym owners in Texas every day as they update us on their situation. Some gyms have flooded, some have been forced to close under dangerous conditions, and some of our owners suffered damages to their cars and homes. This is happening to thousands of families in Houston and its surrounding communities. It’s heartbreaking for me, as I feel so helpless being so far away. I believe I can speak for all of us when I say that we are all looking for any way in which we can help — big or small.

As the CEO and Founder of We Rock the Spectrum, I am offering the families of Houston that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey 1 month  free memberships to their local We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym. We Rock the Spectrum has always strived to be a safe haven for special needs children and families who felt like they had nowhere else to go and play. Now, we’d like to be a safe haven in another way — for the children and families in Houston who face a difficult road ahead as they rebuild their homes and communities. We’d like to be a place for them to come together, find support in one another, and have fun — even if it’s for only a few hours a day.

That is what our non-profit, My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation, is currently working towards. The donations we have received so far have gone towards funding memberships for the families of We Rock the Spectrum – Katy, We Rock the Spectrum – Houston/Memorial, We Rock the Spectrum – The Woodlands, and We Rock the Spectrum – Cypress, who have all been so gravely affected by Hurricane Harvey. We hope this makes their days a little brighter as they face the arduous months of rebuilding ahead.

Thank you, We Rockers. We will keep you updated with our Texas gyms’ situations in the coming weeks. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts.

If you’d like to help us in our efforts, please click here.

Sincerely,

Dina Kimmel
CEO, Founder
We Rock the Spectrum

Some of our Texas Gym Owners: Shannon Mazy (WRTS – Katy), Jill Johnson (WRTS – Houston/Memorial), and Margaret Medina Lee (WRTS – Sugarland).
Kiddos from WRTS – Katy finding a temporary new place to play at WRTS – San Antonio, which thankfully missed the storm.

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Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Our hearts are with Texas as Hurricane Harvey is still taking its toll on Houston and the surrounding communities — today, and for many months to come. In our effort to help, we will be taking donations to provide relief to affected areas, especially for the children. For those affected by Hurricane Harvey, your donations will help us fund monthly memberships for special needs children at the following gyms: Houston/Memorial, Katy, Cypress, and The Woodlands.

To make an online contribution, please click the link below and specify “Harvey Relief” with your donation.

Thank you, We Rockers. Please continue to keep Texas in your thoughts.

 

Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Website: www.specialolympics.org

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism. Website: www.tacanow.org

ACT Today!

ACT Today! is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential. Our goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding, and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families. Studies demonstrate that early and intense intervention is important when treating individuals with autism, yet sadly very few of the effective treatments are covered by medical insurance and families are often delegated to piece together a treatment program for their child via multiple funding sources. Often, the child with autism must go without vital interventions due to financial restraints. ACT Today! strives to provide necessary services so that each child with autism can reach his or her highest potential. Website: act-today.org

CSUN Family Focus Resource Center

The Family Focus Resource Center understands and strengthens families raising children with special needs in the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys through education, advocacy, and family support services. Website: www.csun.edu/family-focus-resource-center

Autism Society

The oldest and largest grassroots organization within the autism community, The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for more than 50 years through advocacy, education, information and referral, and support. Website: www.autism-society.org

Autism Live

Autism Live is an interactive webshow providing support, resources, information, facts, entertainment, and inspiration to parents, teachers and practitioners working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Viewers are encouraged to participate by asking question to experts, offering suggestions for topics to be discussed and sharing progress their children have made. Website: autism-live.com