Showing abundant love to every family member in a special needs family can feel like a daunting task. Having a child with special needs shouldn’t mean sacrificing a full family life. Join us for this two-day workshop with Jolene Philo to learn to share love abundantly no matter your circumstances.
We invite parents of children with special needs as well as other interested adults to join us in learning together how we can best care for those with special needs.
Registration for the conference will be limited to the first 245 registrations. All registrations will include a copy of Jolene’s most recent book, Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families, co-authored with Dr Gary Chapman. Snacks and refreshments will also be available during our time together.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare for this event.
Friday, November 15 at Bethel
9 a.m.-11 a.m. OR 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
(same talk repeated morning and evening)
- The Five Love Languages for Parents raising children with Special Needs With Q & A
Saturday, November 16 at Bethel
9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
- Special Needs Parenting Stress
- Ten Ways Friends Can Help Parents of Kids with Special Needs
Other ways to connect with Jolene Philo in our Community
November Professionals Breakfast and Learning with Jolene Philo
Thursday, November 14 (7 a.m.-9 a.m.) Hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation
This breakfast, hosted by Dakota Medical Foundation, is targeted towards those who work in the field of serving children and families with special needs. Learn more and register online.
November Family Night at Ed Clapp Elementary School
Thursday, November 14 (6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.) Hosted by Ed Clapp Elementary School
This is a private event only for Ed Clapp families. The way we can get involved is by helping provide childcare for their children! If you’d like to help us support our neighbors, view our sign up sheet online and sign up to volunteer. Volunteers would be using Bethel Church classrooms and be responsible for 2-4 year old for an easy meal and childcare from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
“I grew up as a caregiver. My father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was 29 in 1959. I was 2 at the time and can’t remember seeing my father walking. Dad lived in our home until 1983, when Mom made the difficult decision to move him to a nursing home. He lived there until 1997 when he died at age 67, the youngest resident of the nursing home and the one who’d lived there the longest.
A year before Dad moved to the nursing home, my husband and I welcomed our first child, Allen, into the world. A few hours after his delivery, doctors discovered he had a life-threatening birth defect, and he was immediately flown to the University of Nebraska in Omaha for surgery. 2 days later, we finally arrived at the neonatal intensive care unit where he was recovering. 700 miles from home, without friends or family, we felt utterly and completely alone.
Allen survived and is an adult now, but our experiences created a deep desire within me to reach out to parents of critically or chronically ill children. So after 25 years as an elementary teacher who welcomed kids with special needs into her classroom, I left teaching in 2003 to begin writing and speaking.”