Orphan Outreach

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I have been a Parishioner at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church for 29 years.  During that time, I have grown in my Faith and have come to know and Love many here in our wonderful parish.  For those who know me, they are aware of my passion for Special Needs Children.  After receiving my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, I applied my studies by working with Colonial IU 20 which services many of the School Districts here in Pennsylvania, providing Early Intervention/Special Education Services.  I recently retired from the IU after 28 years.  I loved my career and the many children that filled my days and heart.

I am also the mother of a 24 years old daughter with Mowat-Wilson Syndrome so I know first-hand the difficulties of raising a severely developmentally delayed child with significant medical problems.

Approximately 7 years ago, I accompanied a friend and her husband to Ukraine on their journey to adopt 3 children with Down Syndrome.  While there, I spent many hours in the Baby Houses in the Orphanage with the children with special needs.  It was then that I knew God’s plan for me.  From that time to the present I have made multiple trips back to the Ukraine in order to assist this and other Orphanages in the training of their staff and caring for the many “unwanted” special needs children there.  Many of these children have been abandoned at birth due to their disability or at a very early age due to the expense and strain on the family to raise them as there is minimal support or services for special needs children in Ukraine. The orphanages for special needs children receive minimal government funding that covers only the most basic necessities of care.  I have also focused some of my attention on training professionals and the parents who have chosen to raise their children, despite the hardships related to their disability.

I have also sponsored fund raising events (Tricky Tray) to raise money that is sent to the Orphanages in Ukraine in order to buy the bare necessities required in the caring of these children.  This money has been used to purchase diapers, medication, nutritional supplements, sensory, therapeutic and recreational equipment, and a blood analyzer machine. In the up-coming months & years I will be launching new initiatives to support these special needs orphans and my mission trips over there.  I hope that you will join me in demonstrating to these children that they are loved and are truly God’s gift to us.  Your prayers & donations will help do this.

Yours in Christ,  Sandie Flannery

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