By Allen A. Buchanan, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER – The Miracle 4 Michael second annual Back 2 School Bash for special needs families went off without a hitch Aug. 4 at the Kingdom Bible Christian Church.
“Last year we had about 15 families sign up for special needs services,” said Monique Whitaker, the founder of Miracle 4 Michael, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The organization’s mission is to be a resource for single parents within the Tampa Bay area with special needs children. They provide utility assistance, emergency food assistance, school supplies, toiletries, household items and hearing aid batteries for low-income special need families.
Miracle 4 Michael also holds at least three family fun day events a year, allowing special needs families bonding time with their children and other families.
This year’s Back 2 School Bash saw 123 families pre-registry. Not just a school supplies giveaway, families attended workshops on understanding Individualized Education Programs and 504 Plans; they learned how to become a parent advocate and received help with understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.