Thursday, Nov 5th, 2020


Location: Elks Lodge #735

5538 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh                   (Corner of Millbrook & Lead Mine Rd.)

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Special Blessings is a 501 c 3 Nonprofit Charitable Organization that serves Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities and their Families.

Donations are tax deductible.

Special Thanks to:


Jerry Gower Construction

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Our Mission: 

The mission of Special Blessings will be to provide an educational living environment, by structuring day to day person-centered plans; focusing on developmentally appropriate programs that promote physical, intellectual, emotional, and social growth.

Our Goal:

· To assist Adults with DD to grow to their fullest potential

· Provide job skill training

· Strengthen communication & social skills

· To empower adults with DD to master daily living skills thus promoting their independence.

The Facts:

Based on Wake County Human Services statistics, 2004

· There are over 130,000 people with developmental disabilities in NC.

· Wake County Human Services estimates there are 14,053 persons in Wake County who are developmentally disabled. There is an estimated gap in units for this population of approximately 13,727 units of housing with supportive services needed in Wake County.

· Almost 20,000 persons with developmental disabilities are living with an aging caregiver. As the caregivers become unable to care for their adult children, alternate living arrangements must be made.

· North Carolina serves a greater proportion of people with developmental disabilities in large state operated institutions than other states (38th out of 50 states). There were about 2,500 people with developmental disabilities in homes with more than 16 residents in 2004.

· From 2000-2002, there was an increase of 82% of people with developmental disabilities residing in nursing homes (where they don't belong).  The problem is made worse by the fact that, under the law, people with developmental disabilities cannot use Medicaid funds (which provide most of the funds for services and support) for housing-related costs. Housing is an essential issue in everyone's life. Right now, in Wake County alone, more than a 1,000 people with developmental disabilities are waiting for adequate housing, each of them with unique disabilities, needs, and dreams.Currently there are only 4 models of housing for people with developmental disabilities in North Carolina: intermediate care facilities, group homes, boarding homes, and apartments where you live on your own or with a roommate, with minimal support from the State. This situation means that thousands of the poorest people with developmental disabilities are forced to live in unbearable or inadequate situations.Housing is a crucial and urgent issue for people with developmental disabilities in North Carolina.

Abuse and Vulnerability…Abuse is a significant issue for people with developmental disabilities, and as a group they are regarded as the most vulnerable people in most jurisdictions….

                       The Need for Housing for Adults with Developmental Disabilities:

Traditionally, families have either taken care of their child with developmental disabilities at home, or have found external support by placing the child in an institution. However in spite of using a huge share of public funding, institutions provide a limited and rigid lifestyle which can often lead to isolation and exclusion from the community. As more and more people leave institutions, they are placed in group homes. While often a better choice than an institution, there they still do not have choices about how and where to live, and with whom to share their lives. 

  

It has now been demonstrated that with the proper support, many people with developmental disabilities can live independently if they so wish. But, public policy is lagging in serving people's needs for adequate housing.In general, there is a grave shortage of affordable housing in the US. People with developmental disabilities who receive SSI are among the poorest in the nation. They are the lowest income group in North Carolina with the most unmet need for housing assistance. Less than 6% of rental units in NC are considered affordable. People with developmental disabilities must spend 97% of their entire monthly income on rent for a modest one bedroom apartment at HUD's Fair Market rent rate.

 "Live, Laugh, Love"

 and"Homeward Bound"

"Homeward Bound" is a planned housing development and educational resource center that will provide permanent housing to adults with developmental disabilities as well as benefit special loved ones of all ages and their families.

"Live, Laugh, Love" is part of the FUN- Raising series that has been established to help raise funds and awareness for the need for these services within our community.
(On this page,
Learn more about our "Live, Laugh, Love, FUN-raiser" and our "Homeward Bound" Project

Special Blessings BBQ Fundraiser will be back in 2020...

Please be sure to show your support by stopping by, purchasing a plate, AND invite your friends.

​More details to come...

$500 Giggle (Gold) Sponsors    

 1. Business Logo & web site on Banner 
2. Mentions throughout the event via broadcast, for thanks to sponsors.
3. Link with business name, information, logo, on Special Blessings Website  (1 Year)
4. Business Fan Page posted on Special Blessings Fan Page with Link (1 year)

5. Business Name & Logo on Decorative Centerpieces                6. Business Name & Logo in Program
7. Dinner for Two at the Live, Laugh, Love Event 
(Will you be joining us for this event? Please email: specialblessingsnc@yahoo.com
Subject: Live, Laugh, Love)

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      Pictured Above: Roxanne Sinsapaugh & son, Shaun. 
                       
On Wednesday, April 8th, 2009, our very own Founder of Special Blessings, Roxanne Sinsapaugh and her son, Shaun, appeared on the 6:00 Evening News. 

​WTVD, ABC 11 News, reporter Shae Crisson, did a story on the New Director of Mental Health, Mr. Luckey Welsh. The story centered on Abuse and Neglect in state run facilities and the need for positive change in our system.

In 2001, Roxanne’s son, Shaun, fell victim to neglect at a state run facility. Since that time, she has been advocating for change so that others may receive better care and working on building homes for a better tomorrow. This is their story...


Become a Volunteer! 

Donate Goods & Services!

Become a Sponsor!

For more information on these or other ways that you can get involved, please call, 919-366-9589 or

Email: Specialblessings14@gmail.com   

Subject:  "Homeward Bound" 

A New Beginning: 

To be a part of the solution, Special Blessings has begun a new program called, "Homeward Bound". 

“Homeward Bound” will be assisting adults with developmental disabilities in obtaining permanent housing.

"Homeward Bound" is a FUNdraising program where our community can be a part of assisting us in meeting the housing need.

"Homeward Bound" will provide funding necessary to open the door for Special Blessings to purchase new and rehab housing that will offer low and affordable housing to these very, special loved ones. 

$1000 Hilariously Fun Sponsors   

 ​1. Business Logo & web site on Banner 
2. Mentions throughout the event via broadcast, for thanks to sponsors.
3. Link with business name, information, logo, on Special Blessings Website
4. One Year Business Name & Logo in Newsletter (Paper Copy)
5.  Business Fan Page posted on Special Blessings Fan Page with Link       (for 1 Year)
6. Business Name & Logo on decorative Centerpieces

7. Business Name & Logo in Flyer
8. Business Cards and/or Gifts in Goodie Bags (Your business provides)
9. Dinner for Five at the Live, Laugh, Love Event


(Will you be joining us for this event? To Reserve Seats,  Please email: specialblessingsnc@yahoo.com
Subject: Live, Laugh, Love) 


To Become a Sponsor, Click on the PayPal Button:

(To be included in Printed Material, Information must be submitted by: February  28th)


"Live, Laugh, Love" Comedy Event


Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, this event will be held Online via Facebook & Zoom

$100 (Bronze)   

1. Business Name on Banner 
2. Mentions throughout the event via broadcast, for thanks to sponsors.  ​

Join us as we head

"Homeward Bound"

Learn more here...

Welcome Sponsors!

Thank you for Making a Difference!!!

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Sponsorship Opportunities:

Privacy Statement


Special Blessings respects the privacy of its members and those who receive our publications. We do not sell or otherwise share our mailing list, email notification list, or any other personal information with other businesses or organizations.

Proceeds Raised Benefit Special Blessings "Homeward Bound" project

Live, Laugh, Love Tickets

improving family life...

Sharing Information, knowledge and understanding!

Giving Hope, Strengthening Families, and Making a Difference!

$250 (Silver) Smile Sponsors   

1. Business Name on Banner 
2. Mentions throughout the event via broadcast, for thanks to sponsors. 
3. Link with business name & web site on Special Blessings Website 
4. Business Name on Decorative Centerpiece     
5. Business Name in program            6. Dinner for Two at the One Magical Christmas Event
(Will you be joining us for this event? Please email: specialblessingsnc@yahoo.com
Subject: Live, Laugh, Love) ​


 

Live, Laugh, Love Sponsor

 $1,500 Most Entertaining Sponsors   

1.  Business Logo & web site on Banner 
2. Mentions throughout the event via broadcast, for thanks to sponsors.
3. Link with business name, information, logo, on Special Blessings Website
4. One Year Business Name & Logo in Newsletter (Paper Copy)
5. One Year Business Logo, Name & Link in Monthly E-Newsletter
6.  Business Fan Page posted on Special Blessings Fan Page with Link  (for 1 Year)
7. Business Name & Logo on decorative Centerpieces
8. Business Name & Logo in Flyer
9. Business Cards and/or Gifts in Goodie Bags (Your business provides)
10. Dinner for Six at the Live, Laugh, Love Event
(Will you be joining us for this event? To Reserve Seats, Please email: specialblessingsnc@yahoo.com

Subject: Live, Laugh, Love) 

Special

Blessings Inc

$750 

LOL Sponsors   

1. Business Logo & web site on Banner 
2. Mentions throughout the event via broadcast, for thanks to sponsors.
3. Link with business name, information, logo, on Special Blessings Website (For 1 year)
4. Business Fan Page posted on Special Blessings Fan Page with Link (for 1 Year)
 5. Business Cards for Guest Goodie Bags (To be provided by your business)
6. Business Name & Logo on Decorative  Centerpieces
7. Business Name & Logo in Program
8. Dinner for four at the Live, Laugh, Love Event

(Will you be joining us for this event? Please email: specialblessingsnc@yahoo.com
Subject: Live, Laugh, Love) ​

On  Friday,July 24th, Special Blessings will be hosting a “Live, Laugh, Love, FUN-raiser” that will offer an evening of Comedy, a Silent Auction and will make a difference in the lives of children & adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

This event will be held On-Line so that our guests can enjoy it from the comfort of their home via Zoom & Facebook.

“Live, Laugh, Love” represents our hearts for our special loved ones and their future lives, living outside of their families independently…”To Live Life to its Fullest, to Laugh and have joy every day and to Love beyond words.”


Our Guests will enjoy a fun and relaxing evening as we laugh (Comedy provided by
Andy Forrester) and make a difference in the lives of the families that we serve. An on-line Silent Auction will also be included.


Sponsorship Opportunities are available. See sponsor levels posted below...

If you are interested in participating and would like to purchase tickets, they are currently on sale for $10 per person  (Plus Processing Fee)

***Space is Limited***                To Purchase Tickets...

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