Jessica & Friends Community Celebrates 25 Years
On Saturday, October 7, 2023, Jessica & Friends Community is planning a Gala celebration to be remembered. For 25 years, J&FC has provided services to adults with autism and intellectual disabilities in a faith-based, caring environment. We have grown from one home in 1998 to seven residential homes, two person-centered day programs, home and community, respite care, a parent and caregiver support group, and supported employment. We certainly have a lot to celebrate!
Most importantly, this evening is a celebration of our special friends. Many of us have been fortunate enough to attend proms, homecomings and other special events. We have experienced what it is like to be decked out in our finest clothes and treated like someone special. Not so for most individuals with intellectual disabilities. That experience became a reality in 2014 for our friends, and it continues to be an important tradition.
The evening begins with a grand arrival complete with a commemorative photo taken in a vintage automobile arriving at the doorway to the Wisehaven Event Center where the ladies receive a tiara and corsage and the gentlemen receive a crown and boutonniere.
Each of our guests are then introduced as they enter the ballroom and walk the red carpet to the applause and cheering of the entire ballroom. Words cannot describe the joy and beaming smiles as they have their special moment walking the red carpet like the shining stars they are.
A professional photographer is on the scene to snag those special portraits of our guests.
Following a delicious dinner, the dance floor comes alive with delightful laughter and dancing. A night to remember for both our special friends and their families.
If you feel called to sponsor this inspiring event, please click the link below for more details on how YOU can help make that happen.
Josh and Anna Beers
Children's Dental Centre of York
Mr. Jeffrey Forster
Dr. & Mrs. Paul Hollinger
Mr. & Mrs. Leo Keim
Mr. & Mrs. Barry Little
Ms. Wendy McMaster
Mr. Bob McMichael
Mr. & Mrs. Roy Shertzer
By faith, we strive to fulfill and proclaim the good news of the gospel by providing services to families impacted by intellectual disabilities regardless of financial standing.
Provide faith-based services and supports for individuals and families with autism and intellectual disabilities. We seek to be a community which affirms the worth of all people, supports personal growth and wholeness, advocates for community and church inclusion, and provides opportunities for spiritual growth and service.