Local non-profit organization continues to serve families with special needs online

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Families helping families of Northeast Louisiana provides resources to families and adults with special needs. Like many other organizations, they can no longer meet in person with clients due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families helping families of Northeast Louisiana provides resources to families and adults with special needs. Like many other organizations, they can no longer meet in person with clients.

The organization provides educational support to children and adults with learning disabilities and is now helping families through social media and over the phone.

Executive director Stacey Guidry said they are making the most of this change and this is a great time for people with special needs children to call for help with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

“We’re navigating new waters for us, but this is an excellent time if a family has questions about their child’s IEP, we provide educational support to children who have disabilities,” said Guidry.

The organization works closely with the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Early Steps Program. They connect them with families in need.

She said they are working to help families pick up supplies they may be struggling to get delivered from China.

Guidry said, “We’ve had to share some of our donations with families who didn’t have feeding tube supplies. We’ve shared PediaSure with families who were behind on their deliveries for that. We still have a lot of youth diapers."

For people dealing with special needs, she said at this time they may be struggling with social isolation. This particularly affects parents who worked with their child’s IEP team at school and is now homeschooling.

She said the biggest current challenge the organization faces is connecting families with caregivers because of the spread of the coronavirus. Regardless, Guidry said they are working tirelessly to help families in need as much as possible.

“We just don’t want anybody to be sitting at home, doing without something that their child or adult needs. Just because they’re scared to leave their house or they think that it’s not available in the community,” said Guidry.

For more information on how to connect with Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana, visit their Facebook page .