Gentle Teaching

The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

This summer we have been very busy getting ready for the new school year! Trainings have been underway to ensure that the staff has the skills to work with the children and adults we serve.

By doing so, we have been sharing ‘Gentle Teaching’, with our staff for the last eight years. This life-changing course was founded by the late Dr. John McGee based on the Golden Rule. And as we all know, there is a lot of power in that statement.

Gentle Teaching focuses on making people feel safe and loved. Once someone feels that, then they can start to be more engaged in their own lives and environment. Our staff has learned that each of them possess the skills to make this happen and it’s something we strive for daily. In fact, not only have they learned to do this with the students and Individuals we serve, but also with their co-workers, children, parents, significant others and people in the community.

This has impacted us in so many ways and the results are amazing! I’m so grateful for the time I spent with Dr. McGee and that I am able to carry on his legacy a little further.

Michon Lester
Gentle Teaching Trainer

ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSPIRATION

As I walked into the beautiful home, I was greeted by many smiling and gracious faces. It felt like I was at a family reunion, and in no time, I felt like one of the family!

My husband and I had been on the road all day for the first leg of our trip to Colorado. This allowed me to attend the Spring Board Meeting of the Walter A. and Charlotte Soule Family Foundation. You see, these folks have been granting funds to Rainbow for the last 16 years! My attendance allowed me to put names to faces, meet members of the family, including matriarch Charlotte, and share with them the impact they have made on our organization. And what an impact it has been!

As the evening progressed, it became evident that their Soule family name resonated through their values and choices . . . these folks truly have soul. Heart and soul! They are even teaching their teenagers to care and share as junior board members. This is such an important philanthropic topic these days, and seeing this in action with their family, and with other funders, is inspiring. I left that evening with such gratitude and appreciation for this family and for all they do for Rainbow.

Interactions with caring people like this can brighten any day. My heart is filled with gratitude and my soul is touched because of this family and the many people who care for and about the Rainbow children and adults.

Thank you Soule family for making my trip to Colorado even more inspiring than the mountains! May each of you have daily interactions that fill your heart, touch your soul, and inspire you to reach as high as the mountains.

Blessings to each of you,

Jill

Open Letter from the Board Chair

The German Philosopher Georg Hegel once said, “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” I believe this can be generally true in the business world, but perhaps even more so for those involved in Special Education, such as Rainbow Center.

As Board Chairman, I am proud to be associated with Rainbow Center not only because of the tremendous impact being made to overcome learning disabilities, but also the professional and caring manner in which they provide this service. The educators, staff, and support employees at Rainbow Center all have a passion for children and adults with special needs.

Now, I’m admittedly a little biased in my views about this great organization. But I have seen firsthand the amount of care, patience, and love that is extended to clients to help them learn and become more self-supportive. One of my favorite aspects of our Board meetings is to hear about success stories. Stories such as a student that would cry getting on the bus to their public school now runs through Rainbow Center doors and hugs a teacher. An adult that was introverted and shy is now known and liked by everyone in Rainbow Options. These kinds of things don’t happen just because a building exists with classrooms and a sign out front. It happens because the employees and volunteers truly care… and are fully dedicated to the mission.

Now that school’s out, it’s a time for students, parents, teachers, and volunteers to have a well-deserved break and get re-energized for the fall. But it’s a great time for the rest of us to think ahead to what will be needed to make sure Rainbow Center is able to deliver these great educational services for 2017 and beyond. Several months back, I sat with Marilu and Jill and we mapped out several key objectives to accomplish during 2016. I’m happy to report that most of them have been accomplished already, including the wonderful update to the website. I mention this for those reading this blog that may be considering a financial gift to Rainbow Center, or who have given generously in the past. Please know that every dollar is valuable to this organization and is used effectively to meet needs. The staff has proven to be excellent stewards of the resources available, and consistently make good decisions about when and where to spend money. They are proactive to address issues early, and work hard to stretch funding as much as possible. 100% of your donations are put to work locally, right here at our facilities, to enrich the lives of local families.

I am pleased to see so many new financial supporters of Rainbow Center. Our most recent fund raising event, “Rockin’ the Rainbow” was a huge success, with more attendees than ever before and donations well above our goal. The energy and excitement of that event appropriately reflected the positive happenings at Rainbow Center. Check out the “Events” section of the website to see photos! If you attended, donated, volunteered, organized or in some way supported that event, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each of you. Please know your involvement directly and positively impacts the lives of special needs individuals right here in our community.

Finally, I’d like to recognize and thank the 16 other members of our Board of Directors. These are highly involved and diversely talented individuals who give their time and resources to assist with the operational, financial, and planning aspects of the organization. Many times, their actions are done “behind the scenes” – without much fanfare or recognition. To my fellow Board members… thank you for all you do and the passion you have for the Rainbow Center mission. I’m honored to serve with you.

Have a great summer!

Jim Morgan

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR... THE SUMMER!

Students and teachers alike are always excited for summer break! But, before we wrap up in towels, head to the beach and soak up the sunshine, we want to discuss an important subject: doing what you love.

Whether that’s working, volunteering, exercising or relaxing... It is important to find something that you love. Something that keeps you going every day and pushes you through.

Recently, we asked our employees what they love about working here – what drives them to work every day.

“Knowing that I’m coming to work with a team and making a difference in the children’s lives. I look forward to seeing the children smile and laugh with the interaction they get from us staff.” – Theresa

“…the unconditional love and spirit of the individuals who have taught me so much more than I could ever teach them - about love.” - Paige

“Watching them grow socially, emotionally, physically and academically while building lifelong memories.” - Brad

As we wrap up another school year, we are grateful that our employees care so much about our children and adults with special needs at Rainbow. With their undying love and support, together we are able to create an energetic, fun-loving atmosphere. Thank you, everyone for making that possible with all your hard work this year!

If you would like to become part of our team, please click the link below or call for more information 816-229-3869.

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