I have developed deep friendships here. Being a family raising two neurodiverse kids we have struggled making deep connections with other South Asian families. Being part of the what’s app group has given us opportunity to meet and socialize with families who are in similar boats facing storms like us. This has brought a lot of joy to all of us!
My daughter Priya and I joined Loving Hearts for All in October 2018. Although we knew other families with children with special needs, we didn’t know any other Indian families, so we felt fairly isolated. That feeling changed after we joined LHFA, as we were quickly welcomed into the group. Our first big event was the Halloween party in 2018. Rachel was one of the party planners, and she got Priya to help her make food and snacks for the party. As the party date got closer, Priya was worried that she didn’t have a costume for the party, but the problem was solved when Priya and Rachel went to the Spirit store and came home as Thing 1 and Thing 2! Priya had a great time at the party with Rachel and made many new friends. Our feelings of isolation were replaced by the warm feelings of being welcomed into a loving community, and our small family has expanded to include deep bonds with the amazing families in LHFA. We welcome other families to join this wonderful group.