Mother on a mission builds bridges for locals with special needs | #specialneeds | #kids

This is a story about a mother’s love for her daughter with Down syndrome and her overwhelming desire to help other people with disabilities, not only within the Coachella Valley but throughout Southern California.

Renée N. Griffin is a devoted volunteer at Desert Arc who, for the past eight years, has listened intently to the needs of the special needs community. Five years ago, she established Building Bridges for Special Needs – Coachella Valley, a parent-inspired group that connects families — especially the unserved and underserved — with community services and organizations; provides resources, information and education; and fosters collaboration between special needs service organizations regarding activities and events.

The program has now garnered the involvement of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Some of the community organizations involved in this program include Angel View, the County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services, Desert Recreation District, Coachella Valley Down Syndrome Foundation, Ezekiel’s Gift of Love, Inland Empire Autism Society, Sunline Transit Agency, United Cerebral Palsy of Inland Empire and Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Desert.

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