A Special Gift of Time

Lon and Brenda Solomon founded Jill's House to honor their daughter Jill and help other families of children with intellectual disabilities.

Overworked and underslept. Most parents just want a good night’s sleep so they can function oh-so-much better.  But if multitasking is difficult for most moms and dads, imagine the compounded challenges of parenting a special needs child. There are 16.8 million families in America with special needs children, and these parents must constantly be “on alert.”  Frequently, they struggle to balance basic care for their special needs child with the activities of other children.  The U.S. … [Read more...]

27 Million Reasons to Raise Your Voice for Freedom

slavery still exists

Did you know that an estimated 27 million slaves exist in the world today?  Yes, you read that correctly.  There are more slaves in the world today than ever before in human history.  Twenty-seven million slaves, and three out of four of them are women. In 2012, it is projected that over 800,000 people will be sex-trafficked; 80 percent of them will be female and 50 percent will be children.  Today, human trafficking is the second largest and fasted growing global organized crime, and … [Read more...]

Lessons I’m Learning in India

A woman comes up to our car window begging for money. (New Delhi)

It gets me every time.  You’d think that after visiting India 13 times, I’d be accustomed to seeing the extreme poverty on display, but there’s no way to prepare for it. Literally as soon as I drive out of the New Delhi airport – in my chauffeured car with my six pieces of luggage – I am confronted with signs of desperation and dire need.  Women holding babies come up to the car window begging for money.  So do barely clothed young children and maimed men. Our car … [Read more...]