When local mom Harriet Redman and a small band of Fox Valley school counselors looked for resources to help and celebrate sisters and brothers of people with disabilities back in 1998, they found precious few. So they formed a fledgling nonprofit — the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network — to address the need.
Twenty years later, the organization now known as WisconSibs, Inc. is still a one-of-a-kind resource that helps siblings of people with disabilities or long-term illnesses connect with each other, and with resources for their lifelong journey. Over the years, it has served thousands of siblings, families, and professionals and has helped siblings celebrate both the joys and the challenges of a life affected by disability.
The impact over its first 20 years?
“Brothers and sisters will be in the lives of family members with special needs longer than anyone,” says Seattle-based Don Meyer, director of the national Sibling Support Project and creator of the Sibshop model. “WisconSibs provides the support and information they need to help their sibs live dignified lives from childhood to their senior years.”
A mom: “I feel so blessed to have found this organization for my daughter. It is just one more sign that the move to Wisconsin was the right choice. Thank you so much for what you do for the siblings and the community.”