Parent Council for Portage County Developmental Disabilities

 

2014-2015 Parent Council for Portage County Developmental Disabilities Board Members

Parent Council
Left to right: Columbia “Boots” Barnauskas (Vice President), Denise McCoy (Treasurer), Annette Dowling (Secretary), and Cheri Michael (President)
 

Flyers for Upcoming Events:

Build a Gym, Build a Life - 5K Race Flyer (PDF)

 

Mission Statement

Parent Council exists to advocate and support families with individuals with developmental disabilities who are eligible to receive services throughout Portage County.
 
 
Parent Council was formed back in the early 50s by several Portage County parents who had children with disabilities. They began working together to accomplish great goals. Those original members did fundraising and gathered volunteers to build and staff the original Happy Day School which was located where the current administration building stands today.
 
They had big dreams for their children and worked hard to see that it became a reality all those years ago.
 
After the school was built their fundraising never stopped. Ruth Haney, a former Parent Council member, made sound decisions on how to invest those hard earned dollars so that today we have a sizeable investment account.
 
Typically, we have been helping families with unforeseen expenses such as purchasing appliances or other large items not covered by other funding sources. We have even helped with some funeral expenses.
 
Everyone that we help has been paid with money from our emergency fund. But we have been looking to the future and discussing how we can use our investment capital fund to help create a significant, long lasting project just like those first members did back in the 50s when they built the original Happy Day School.
 
Our members today are parents, family, friends, teachers and providers who continue to meet on a monthly basis throughout the year.
 
Parent Council hosts guest speakers to educate parents on issues involving children or adults with disabilities. We sponsor the annual Auction and Craft Show, Carnival, Holiday Shops, Rummage Sale and the May Dinner where more than 200 people attend for the fun, food and prizes.