Category Archives: Caregivers

MobilityWorks of Richmond to Continue Hosting Parent Support Group

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Parent Support Group and Resource Exchange

Beginning February 7th, MobilityWorks of Richmond (Virginia) will continue hosting a resource night for parents of children with a physical disability or physical limitations. The support group will run from 5:00-6:30 PM on the first Tuesday of every other month.

The goal of the support group meetings is to provide new information on programs that can be of help to them and their children.  We will also provide the opportunity for parents to exchange ideas and support each other in a typical support group setting.  Guest speakers of non-profit companies will also talk about resources available to parents. Read more

MobilityWorks of Richmond to Host Parent Support Group Events

Picture of support group during meeting with professional therapist

Parent Support Group and Resource Exchange

One of the issues we most often hear about from parents of children with disabilities is the lack of information. Starting October 4th, MobilityWorks of Richmond (Virginia) will begin hosting a bi-monthly support group for parents that have a child or children with a physical disability or physical limitations. The support group will run from 5:00-6:30 PM on the first Tuesday of every other month. Read more

Community Steps Up for “Lovey”

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Zyasia “Lovey” Guzman is a very happy 11-year-old this week, after receiving her first Wheelchair Accessible minivan. Lovey was born developmentally delayed with epilepsy and fragile bones. She continues to undergo medical testing and evaluation as doctors are unable to fully explain her condition. Everything became a little easier this week for the Vineland, NJ family after the team at MobilityWorks of Woodbury was able to get them financed and into an accessible 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. The Guzman’s both work for their local school system, and were overwhelmed by the support from their community. Read more

Paying it Forward—and Paying it Back—A Heartwarming Story!

Liz Woodward

After working tirelessly for 12 hours to put out an intense fire; firefighters Tim Young and Paul Hullings of New Jersey stopped at a small café for breakfast.

The waitress at the cafe; Liz Woodward, overhead the firefighters talking about the grueling fire.

When it came time for the firefighters to leave; Liz gave them a note on their Guest Check, letting them know that their breakfast was her treat—as a show of appreciation for their courage and bravery. Read more

Give the Gift of Mobility this Season

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One Mother’s Struggle

Patsy Fleckenstein has spent the last 22 ½ years as a caregiver for her two quadriplegic children. In 1992 her 27 year old daughter Naomi was left paralyzed from her chest down, with no use of her hands, in a car accident, as a passenger on her way to work. Patsy and her husband Victor, (a steelworker at Bethlehem Steel) took in Naomi and her 3 children.

Horribly, this was only the beginning of Patsy’s journey. In 1995, 2 ½ years later, Patsy’s only other child Jason, then 26, was also in a car accident. He was also a passenger and was left paralyzed from the chest down with no use of his hands. Read more