When you donate to Mountain Shadows Foundation you are helping people like Lupita experience their best lives at Mountain Shadows:
When her mother died, Lupita nearly drowned in grief. She was 36-years-old, intellectually disabled, and uses a wheelchair due to the effects of cerebral palsy. She and her mother had lived in the same home together in Calexico for all her life.
Caught in the swells of fear and grief, Lupita had few options. She had no family and she couldn't stay in the home on her own. Her mother, her best friend, was gone. Lupita was devastated.
While Lupita was reluctant to leave her home, the town, the people she'd known all her life, the residents of Crepe Myrtle were excited that Lupita was coming. The staff and residents made a huge 'Welcome' banner and had a big party to welcome her to her new home. It was special, very welcoming, supportive, and positive. Lupita was overwhelmed, in a good way.
Even with the loving care of Mountain Shadows' staff, it was a difficult transition for Lupita. As with anyone who has lost a loved one, she thought about her mother often. There were lots of tears at first. Unpacking that first day was very emotional for her. But the staff members were there to support her.
Lupita has grown a lot since she's been at Mountain Shadows. She's made friends and is socially active. She's joined the Self-Advocacy group, loves dancing, listening to music, going out to dinner.
Lupita also goes to Mountain Shadows Outreach. She really loves the social environment there. When asked about her day at Outreach she says, 'Oh my god! I had so much fun! I made new friends!'"
Lupita is very sweet, outgoing and friendly. She greets everyone with, “Hey friend! How are you?!?! I haven't seen you in a while!”
Lupita loves all the activities Mountain Shadows offers, but her favorite by far was Camp Able.
Camp Able is an aquatic summer camp geared towards individuals and families with special needs. Mountain Shadows residents swim, canoe, sing by campfire, sail and more at this one-of-a-kind camp each year.
Lupita’s first year at Camp Able was especially meaningful and transformative. It was the first time she had ever seen the ocean! She was transferred into a water chair, and she went swimming. She was laughing like crazy and really enjoying herself. She was SO happy. The water seemed to set her free. Seeing the beauty of the ocean, feeling the sand beneath her feet for the first time in her life--it was a turning point for her, a new beginning.
It has been said that the potential of an individual "is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released."
Your donation, no matter the amount, will help unleash a sea of new possibilities for Lupita, and all of our Mountain Shadows residents. Our partnerships with other nonprofit organizations allow us to bring special activities to our residents for reduced fees. Here are just a few of the ways your donation can help:
$20 | A single day at Camp Able
$25 | A session of therapeutic horseback riding
$50 | A session of adaptive swimming lessons
$100 | A week at Camp Able
$140 | A session of adaptive skiing
*Listed are only the fees for participation. Other expenses for making these activities possible include staff time and transportation costs.