Whether you are young or old or somewhere in between, summer is, or at least should be, a time reserved for slowing down and enjoying time with family and friends . . . taking a break from the normal routine. With kids out of school it is a time for families to vacation. Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day are ideal excuses to plan festivities with family and friends.

For me, summer conjures memories of endless days of swimming, playing with friends, freedom from homework and vacations at the lake with my family! While my work routine does not come to a halt during the summer, I’m fortunate to be able to spend time creating these kinds of memories with family and friends. This summer we have visited our son in San Diego, traveled to Minneapolis with friends for our kids’ Tae Kwon Do tournament, and enjoyed the 4th of July with neighbors.

LifeBridge Partnership values these kinds of moments and we have the honor of being part of the summer fun through our summer camps. 60 kids attended our St. Louis camp in May where they played sports, created art, explored different cultures, and more. In a couple weeks, we will host a camp in St. Charles; more than 40 kids will experience a week of summer fun with games, swimming, and field trips adapted to meet each camper’s individual abilities. We couldn’t provide these camps without our valuable partners and volunteers. Many thanks to the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles for providing partial funding and a “home base” for our St. Charles camp; to the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources for their partial funding of the St. Louis camp; to the United Way for partnering with us to help our youth clients live better lives; and, to the many volunteers who spend their summer vacation connecting with our clients!

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