Within the last several months, we have felt the many changes to our daily operations. Sunshine’s services, programs, and opportunities have had to adapt rapidly. We’ve had to rethink how we support individuals with developmental disabilities, but certainly not why. Our mission shines clearly as we are guided to create community, enable all, build relationships, and enhance lives.
To live out this mission we’ve turned to one of the safest options we see: technology. Like many organizations, we have been pushed to utilize technology in more ways than our services previously relied on. Although many of our services have traditionally embraced the value of in-person connection, we have found that virtual options have provided a place of solace during a time of change and difficulty. Virtual activities and interactions have brought joy to our family care homes, routine to shifted schedules, and interaction with the community.
Although some of our existing technological resources in software, devices, and internet platforms have been successful, we realize that our need for improved resources is imminent. Our goal is to make it possible for all Sunshine individuals and staff to connect to virtual opportunities in the best way possible. This means supplying proper webcams for devices to enable clear video of loved ones, TV screens that connect individuals to virtual museum tours, and storage and network updates that allow staff to facilitate virtual activities throughout the day. Although some vocational programs have returned successfully, these aren’t viable options for all at Sunshine. We seek to bridge these barriers through technological improvements that will reach medically fragile people, individuals in supported employment, and direct care staff who join virtual activities.
By the end of this year, our goal is to raise $282,950.00 to boost Sunshine’s technological infrastructure. Your gift will directly impact our ability to purchase screens, webcams, laptops, servers, network upgrades, and more to safely connect Sunshine’s broad community.
Thank you for your continued support and brightening the lives of individuals that Sunshine supports. Your place in Sunshine’s community is irreplaceable, even when distance separates us. Many blessing to you and your family.