OHEL Bais Ezra Siblings Celebrate Side by Side
Siblings of brothers and sisters with disabilities recently joined OHEL for their first Sibs Side by Side 5K Marathon. It was an incredible event, with all of the participants running, walking, and jogging together across the finish line. Many were holding hands while they finished, and the camaraderie and friendship were felt by everyone.
Last week, the marathon participants got to once again spend some time together, as they met in the beautiful Carlos and Gabbys party room for a special celebratory dinner. They marathon participants joined by members of the OHEL staff as well as representatives from the OPWDD.Â
The group was very moved by the OHEL Video: Siblings: Unspoken Challenges, Unrelenting Love which has already been seen by thousands. Participants reflected upon their unique bond that they share with their siblings, and played a game that illustrated the unique nature of the sibling relationship. As both the individuals with special needs and their siblings shared stories about their relationship, there were tears, smiles, and laughter throughout the room.Â
Jordan Silvestri, Residence Manager of OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s East Broadway residence, along with the rest of the East Broadway residence staff, were presented with an award by the OPWDD representatives in recognition of OHELâ€™s achievements in creating programming for, and recognizing the unique role of, siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Just before dessert, all of the individuals with special needs were presented with awards as well, recognizing their fantastic achievements in the marathon. With great big smiled they posed with their awards before a room full of raucous applause. Throughout the night there were unbelievable feelings of camaraderie, equality, and joy. After a fantastic dessert, everyone parted ways looking forward to the next sibling event.
Look at all of the fun pictures from the event! http://www.ohelfamily.org/?q=node/3001
For more information about OHELâ€™s Sibshops program, please contact Azriel Steiner at 718-686-3492 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1969, OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages effectively manage disability, surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises