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Free Webinar Series on Serving Families of Children with Special Needs

United WayThe United Way of Lamar County is urging those interested in learning more about the Revive Program, a program that serves families with children who have special needs, to register for the next session in the Winter Respite Webinar Series.

The Webinar will be Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m..  The speaker is  Lena Zettler, MA, LPA, Director, Department of Psychology, Cook Children’s Medical Center.

The Revive Program is is a volunteer-based program that offers a free parents’ night out program twice a month for children with special needs and their siblings. The program is hosted by a church and was created in response to the needs of families in the congregation.  A staff of trained, loving volunteers recruited from professionals, church members and local schools care for children with special needs up to age 21, and their siblings.

The program provides a full array of activities planned for the children, including crafts, game arcades, playground activities, indoor basketball, bounce house, movie lounge, computer games, music or karaoke, and board games. It is so successful that it has grown from serving 3 children with 12 volunteers, to serving over 60 children with 80 volunteers.

Those attending the webinar will learn how to replicate this program in your community. Ms. Zettler will be talking about starting a program along with provide tips on managing volunteers and finding funding, as well as time for Q&A.

Registration for this series is free.   E-mail Ginny at 

Webinars sponsored by the Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Respite Coordination Center. The Texas Respite Coalition and Coordination Center supports the state’s lifespan respite care program by working to provide resources and tools to assist persons caring for individuals of all ages and any disability. For additional information on activities and resources, go to

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