We recently started a feature in our newsletter focused on how we truly take our core purpose – “To Better the Lives of Others” – seriously, and the impact some of those organizations we support are making. We’ve featured four great organizations already: Hospice of Redmond, Habitat for Humanity, Convoy of Hope and Kid’s Lab. This month, we’d like to feature an organization that is dedicated to the health and well-being of Alaskan children with special needs (as well as their families): Stone Soup Group.
Stone Soup Group supports Alaskan families who care for loved ones with developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs. Their services are available throughout Alaska (they have offices in Anchorage and Wasilla) to help affected families navigate the issues surrounding these kinds of situations. Their services include helping families and caregivers navigate medical, disability, mental health, and special education issues. Services are offered at no cost.
Stone Soup’s goal is that families statewide will be empowered to make informed decisions that will ensure every child who experiences special needs receives long-term, quality, coordinated care, and family support.
Their name comes from the Stone Soup fable. In the fable, a stranger arrives in a village during a time of famine and no one will share their food. The stranger tells them she can make stone soup and places a stone in some water to boil. Eventually, the curious townspeople gather and she tells them the soup is done, but it would taste even better with a carrot or an onion. One by one, they each decide to contribute a meat or vegetable until there was enough nourishing, tasty soup to feed everyone in the village. This spirit of collaboration and input of varied experience and knowledge is the philosophy behind the work they do at Stone Soup Group.