“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
The goal of this 501(c)(3) organization is to help children and youth with Spina Bifida or acquired spinal cord injuries grow up to be confident, resilient, independent, and contributing members of society who have intimate ongoing relationships with peers and the Triune God of Scripture. To accomplish this, we will have bimonthly meetings consisting of four components:
a speaker, presentation, activity, or field trip to expose participants to a wide variety of interests, conversational topics, skills, potential hobbies, play and leisure activities, vocations, community resources, and networking opportunities
exploration of and provision of service to others
pleasant carefree play and leisure
a nondenominational study of the Bible to learn about the God who created the universe
Each year, the Tricord Club will add curriculum and activities for the next phase of the child’s age and development. As the club progresses, we will continually adapt it as we explore the best practices and effectiveness of various strategies and we may collapse some of the age groups as needed.
After the initial year, the children have the option to continue, progressing to the next age bracket of the club through the age of 18, when they may become adult volunteers. When children do not choose to move forward to the next age category, new participants will be recruited to fill their absence.
Our first club is in Metairie, Louisiana. God willing, the club will be replicated in other geographic areas later.
The Tricord Club has room for seven to 10 five to seven year olds with Spina Bifida or spinal cord injuries and an equal number of five to seven year olds without disabilities. Core clubroom volunteers have been recruited and trained to assist the director with the children in the club meetings. The volunteers were screened by passing the required background checks. The core clubroom volunteer team was trained in the Policies and procedures for the organization to ensure a clear cohesive vision for the club.
We had a wonderful March 14 Club Meeting with Landscape Architect Lawrence Trosslair presenting a great talk on sensory gardens. He generously surprised us with plants to begin gardening at home!
The sing-a-long with Karen Hoffpauir on guitar was really enjoyable.
Our club members gave the meeting a thumbs up.
The Date of our next meeting is unknown due to the precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We will let you know when we are able to reschedule.