Creating Memories for Disabled Children was created for the sole purpose of connecting children with disabilities as well as adults with disabilities to nature and to create memories that will last a lifetime. The Boy Scouts of America gave Creating Memories a 99-year lease on approx. 100 acres at the head of Beautiful Wallowa Lake in Joseph, Oregon. On this property is 4 buildings. They consist of a large Lodge and 3 cabins. Two of the cabins have been renovated and are now 100% handicap accessible. These facilities are very close proximity to the lake and boat ramp. At the boat ramp there is a large flat-bottomed customized pontoon boat that we can take disabled kids and their families fishing at NO CHARGE. We are fortunate to offer outdoor activities including the cabins with handicap trails for disabled children to enjoy. Other activities that Creating Memories has are fishing derbies for Challenged Children, Guided Hunting Trips for Elk and Deer plus numerous other events to raise money for completing this project.
All of the buildings on the property were once just shells with poor roofs, no power, water or sewer. It is an expensive project and we are looking for any donation that will help pay for material and labor to finish the cabins, trails and outdoor activities outside of the volunteers making this possible.
“I, Vern Spaur, am a board member of this 501C3 organization Creating Memories. I was blessed to be a part of a group that got power, water and sewer to all the buildings. I am currently working with Wallowa Resources and the Wallowa Tribe to put a small Fish Hatchery with a Hydro Electric unit that will provide power for the Hatchery and the whole camp itself. My immediate goal is to raise money for our 8-year-old daughters’ cabin who is in heaven living with Jesus. I have taken on the responsibility for raising these funds for these projects that includes “Jenny’s Cabin” in memory of her. This has been difficult to write but I’m asking from my heart and soul for any donations to help those in need to enjoy the outdoors. Seeing the kids faces light up when they catch a fish is worth a million bucks! This is the type of gift that will keep giving and giving even after you and I are gone. I too have a disability which has enabled me to be more aware from a wheel chair view of those faced by the physical challenges of everyday life. “
Creating Memories for Disabled Children board of directors and volunteers consists of retired Navy personnel, active-duty Military personnel, former big game guides, parents of disabled children, disabled hunters and fishers, hunter safety instructors, and award-winning Trap shooters who are all experienced in hunting, fishing, turkey calling, archery, black powder, rifles, boating, and much more. These amazing hard-working individuals work day in and day out to give people with disabilities memories that will last a lifetime and be passed on from generation to generation.
The founder of our organization, Ken Coreson, has been taking children hunting and fishing all of his adult life. As a pastor of the Nazarene Church he took youth groups and kids Moose, Caribou and Black Bear hunting, fishing on the Kenai River, and to remote lakes for grayling. Since moving to Oregon in 1988, he has continued sharing these adventures with Disabled Children.
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