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Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day!

March 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day!
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World Down Syndrome Day is fast approaching! Every March 21st people all over the planet celebrate World Down Syndrome Day – a global opportunity to raise awareness about Down syndrome and showcase all of the amazing ways people with Down syndrome make the world a better place. Down syndrome is also known as trisomy 21…

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Ken Vineyard’s Gift

March 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Ken Vineyard’s Gift
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Frank Costello, a dear friend of Joni and Friends, had a passion for collecting wheelchairs. With an enthusiastic drive, a generous heart, and a profound calling to serve with Wheels for the World, Frank was a natural leader and recruited many new Chair Corps volunteers! But when Frank became ill in 2011, he knew he had…

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Join the Joni and Friends Chair Corps

March 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Join the Joni and Friends Chair Corps
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The Joni and Friends Chair Corps team spans across the country on one mission… to collect used wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes. These items are restored and delivered to people impacted by disability in developing countries. Every wheelchair collected is the opportunity for someone to experience the love and hope of Jesus Christ! Help us provide mobility to the more…

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10 Years of El Salvador Family Retreat

March 15, 2019 | Comments Off on 10 Years of El Salvador Family Retreat
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Joni and Friends El Salvador Family Retreat recently celebrated 10 years of serving families affected by disability! This amazing retreat has brought love, hope, and the Gospel message to hundreds of families affected by disability. We were blessed to have had the opportunity to celebrate with our in-country partner organization, Fundación Venciendo Barreras (Overcoming Barriers),…

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Steps You Can Take to Include People with Disabilities in Your Church

March 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Steps You Can Take to Include People with Disabilities in Your Church
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One of the places where families impacted by disability should feel most welcomed is at church. But when it comes to building an inclusive environment, people and churches often struggle with where to begin. Today on the podcast, Crystal talks with two ministry experts, Liz Babbitt and Lauren Garner, who discuss what it means to…

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Volunteer with Wheels for the World 

March 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Volunteer with Wheels for the World 
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Providing wheelchairs to people with disabilities around the world is only possible because of our many dedicated volunteers! And we have a variety of ways for you to volunteer hands-on.

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Don’t Miss our Wheelchair Drive on March 29th! 

March 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Don’t Miss our Wheelchair Drive on March 29th! 
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Donated wheelchairs are restored and gifted to people with disabilities around the world. More than 70 million people around the world are in need of a wheelchair, yet only 10% have access to one.* During the month of March, we’re working to solve the mobility crisis through nationwide wheelchair collection events, including a wheelchair drive near our Joni and…

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The Need for Wheelchairs is Great

March 8, 2019 | Comments Off on The Need for Wheelchairs is Great
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Despite an increasingly aggressive political climate, God opened a window for the Joni and Friends Central California team to travel safely to Haiti last month. Upon arrival, they set up for a week dedicated to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of families affected by disability in Pignon. Follow their story to see how the wheelchairs you…

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You Can Help Solve the Global Mobility Crisis Right from Your Community

March 7, 2019 | Comments Off on You Can Help Solve the Global Mobility Crisis Right from Your Community
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More than 70 million people around the world are in need of a wheelchair, but only 10% have access to one.* During March, Joni and Friends is celebrating Wheelchair Collection Month to bring awareness to this need and help solve the global mobility crisis. Today, Crystal Keating talks with Elizabeth Kelly who oversees wheelchair collection…

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The Simple Obvious

March 6, 2019 | Comments Off on The Simple Obvious
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There is a story we hear over and over at Joni and Friends. It’s of a church that doesn’t think they can start a disability ministry. And yet, the more we talk with leaders, we learn that they already are hard at work helping a regular attender that has significant special needs. The church leadership…

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