Run Your ACE Off!

Your local ACE Hardware and Les Schwab Tires are sponsoring the upcoming “Run Your Ace Off” 5K Walk/Run to support local miracles around our Valley.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

Date: Saturday, June 27th
Where: ACE Hardware Distribution Center – 7702 Duffield Road, Moxee

Time: Registration at 8:00am and the Walk/Run starts at 9:00am

To register please print out the form and waiver here and mail (with payment) to:

Carla Fickel

Ace Hardware RSC

7702 Duffield Road

Moxee, WA 98936

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 nonprofit hospitals across North America to treat severely injured and ill children. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the organization’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

About Memorial Family of Services

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose:  to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at or on Facebook (, Twitter ( or Pinterest (


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Thank you for making Passion for the Village a success

Passion for the Village was held May 16th at Children’s Village in Yakima. The theme for this year’s event was Reflections of Joy and joy was definitely all around. Everyone enjoyed an evening with friends, old and new, who share a common passion and support for this special place in our Valley called Children’s Village.  Guests bid on silent auctions and live auction items to raise funds to support the many programs and services at Children’s Village. Decorated tables were throughout the lobby and Miracle Street and dinner was served by the YouthWorks council. Parents from Children’s Village were at the event, sporting t-shirts that said “Pound Parent of a Children’s Village Child.” These parents were more than willing to share their stories of  how important Children’s Village is for them and their family. Behind the scenes we had professional wait staff who volunteered their time to help the high school students; Ned Walsh from YV Tech Culinary School and Barbara from Zesta Cucina.

Following dinner was our second annual dessert auction and it was even more successful than last year!  Beautifully decorated and delicious desserts were donated and brought in over $23,000!  All of the proceeds will go to support our families of children with special needs.

We met our fundraising goal of  $75,000 and these funds will be used to provide more moments of joy for the children and families of Children’s Village.  The evening wouldn’t have been complete without the help from our YouthWorks Council, Friends of the Village, and the passionate families from Children’s Village that gave their time in helping to coordinate this amazing evening. And a special thank you to our wonderful emcees for the evening: Dave Hargreaves and Greg Loudon. Thank you!

We are so grateful this week as  families, employees and volunteers reflect on the wonderful evening that was certainly full of passion and joy for Children’s Village. If you weren’t able to join us on Saturday evening or didn’t have the chance to make a gift at Passion for the Village, you can still show your support by donating here.

Posted in News & Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

What is Passion for the Village?

The 6th annual Passion for the Village takes place Saturday, May 16, and we’re thrilled with the continued support this year! The event is nearly sold out, but the community is encouraged to join the passion for children’s health care services by making a donation and by supporting the many local businesses that are sponsoring this event. The goal this year is to raise $75,000 for Children’s Village!

We are so grateful for this year’s sponsors, which include: WSECU, KDF Architecture, John L. Scott Foundation, Cintas, Allan Bros. Inc., Banner Bank, Hyatt Family Facilities, Kershaw Companies, Key Bank, Les Schwab Tires, Monson Fruit Company, MT Housing, Poppoff Inc., Rowe Farms, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Yakima Fruit and Cold Storage.

Donations can be made online at, by calling (509) 576-5794 or by mail: Passion for the Village Donation, The Memorial Foundation, 2701 Tieton Dr., Yakima, WA 98902.

What started as a project of high school students on the YouthWorks Council has grown and evolved with the passion of community members and parents for Children’s Village. The event is held at Children’s Village to allow guests an inside look at how their donation helps local children, and families attend to provide first-hand testimonies about what Children’s Village means to them.

The passion of the many families who volunteer to make this event possible are what make the event so unique. Dana Kovats has chaired the Passion for the Village Planning Committee. Read about her passion for Children’s Village here:

Posted in News & Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

All Smiles

On Sunday April 26 pediatric dentists, pediatric dental residents, and staff from Children’s Village Pediatric Dentistry and ViewCrest Pediatric Dentistry provided dental screenings for Special Olympics athletes at the Yakima Regional Soccer Tournament as part of Special Smiles, the oral health component of Special

Posted in News & Events | Tagged | 1 Comment

Children’s Village presents Transition to Adulthood Fair

2015 Transition Fair Flyer

Posted in News & Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Thank you to our volunteers…

Many thanks to Amelia, Ryan and Stacey Kloepfer for volunteering at a recent health fair and letting others know about the amazing things that happen every day at Children’s Village!photo 2

Posted in News & Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Register for the Holland Class now!

It’s not too late for parents to register for the new Holland class starting on March 20!

Holland is an 8-week support and learning class for parents on the journey of raising a child with special needs.  For More Information Click Here >>

  • I LOVE Holland!  It was offered to me at a time in my life that I desperately needed it.  The funny thing is, I didn’t know how much I needed it.  I went to the first class really dragging my feet.  The facilitator provided a very comfortable, safe atmosphere and each class was filled with such great information.  I enjoyed hearing the thoughts and feelings of the rest of the group as well as sharing some of my own.  It was very strengthening.
  • Holland provides inspiration on how to be the best advocate for your child by people who have “been there”.
  • After feeling so isolated for so long because of my son’s differences, Holland provided a safe, welcoming place where I was ‘normal.’  It was empowering to be among other moms with similar struggles and feel accepted.  The weekly activities gently pushed me to examine, express and work through difficult emotions surrounding being a mom of a child with special needs. I am so grateful that such a program was available to me!
  • Holland is a very good group and I hope it continues to be offered.  It was of great help for me.  Thank you very much and may God bless you all so that you can continue to help more families like us who had that opportunity. (translated)
Posted in News & Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Parent Matches: Building Friendships and Creating Community

By Melinda Davis

TWapasha n Melinda I went from feelings of complete happiness at the thought of meeting our daughter to feelings of surprise, sadness, and then followed by feelings of guilt and fear. I was scared of the unknown. In that moment, I went from seeing my baby as a baby . . . to seeing my baby with “Down syndrome.” I loved her with all my heart and didn’t feel good about myself for thinking that when I looked at her. I didn’t want these thoughts robbing this special time with my baby. I felt so guilty about the uncertainty I was feeling. The hospital offered to have a person from Children’s Village come to see us. Even though I was surrounded by people who loved us, I already felt as if nobody close to me could possibly understand what I was feeling. I had all these thoughts stuck in my head. Then Tracie, a representative from the Children’s Village Parent to Parent office, came to visit me. She also had a son with special needs and could relate to what I was feeling at that moment. Most importantly, she told me our daughter was beautiful and that everything was going to be okay. Everything I was feeling was NORMAL! I was not the first new mom in this place and we were certainly not alone. She offered me a “Parent Match” which put me in touch with a mommy who also had a child with Down syndrome.

I remember the day Nadia came to see me. Nadia is a volunteer “Helping Parent” from Children’s Village. I was nervous. I had so many questions. This was my fifth child and I thought it would be a familiar walk in the park when it came time to deliver her. But instead, I found myself in a situation I’ve never experienced before. Would she have the answers I wanted? Who is this mother and is she anything like me? What if we don’t have anything in common . . . I wondered how her child was functioning, how had their lives been affected if at all since the diagnosis? What was her child like? Nadia came in all smiles and very excited to meet us. I’ll admit I sized her up a bit, but got right to the point of asking her what was her child like, after all that’s why she was here. As if waiting for a cue, she immediately brought out some photos of her little girl. Like any proud mother, she went on to tell me how awesome her daughter was while sharing a few photos with me. I think she was five at the time. There she was in these photos . . . vibrant, smiling, laughing, playing with other children, with her brother, engaged with family, and celebrating birthdays. As far as I could tell it seemed life was fairly typical to what you would expect. I asked her about crawling, walking, potty training, school, talking and anything else I could think of to ask. Her child reached these milestones when she was ready and she seemed confident ours would too. I asked her about how she felt initially? It turned out that most the feelings I was experiencing, she also experienced in some way. Her faith was strong and I needed to be reminded of mine. She did not seem to carry the weight of the fears I was holding at that time. She told me it would get easier and that life will just fall back into place. We adjust and go on. I believed her. I was still scared of the unknown, but meeting someone who was living it and seeing the photos of a happy little girl just being a five year old helped me so much. I knew things would be okay. I felt hopeful.

Fast forward three years later, and Nadia and Tracie were right. Wapasha is an absolute blessing and doing just fine. She continues to reach her milestones on her own time. I’ve gotten past “seeing” Down syndrome. I just see our beautiful girl, her beautiful face and that silly personality! Do I still worry? Of course! But, I’ve found that although we’ve had to experience hospital stays, still work with an Occupational Therapist, have IEPs and other situations we never had with her siblings, that our life has resumed mostly unaltered. I am content.

I knew three years ago that when I was ready, I would want to help a new mother introduced to Down Syndrome when she least expected it. I knew I would want to bring that love and hope that Tracie and Nadia brought to me. I would tell her that it’s natural to be scared and what she’s feeling is normal. I would tell her these feelings get lighter with time. I would tell her that it’s going to be okay and that she’s not alone. I would tell her that her child is perfect and destined for greatness. I would definitely show some photos! This year I got the honor to be a “Helping Parent” in a parent match and I got to speak to a mommy who wanted to meet someone sharing this experience, and was a bit down the road in the journey. Our experience wasn’t exactly the same, but we still had much in common. I shared all those things I said I would. We laughed and shared stories. My desire was to pass some of the strength and hope given to me from the mommies before me and pass it on to this deserving mommy. Together it is better, and I hope I did just that! As she begins down this well beaten path creating her own trail, I want to thank you “Parent to Parent” for clearing the way!

Posted in News & Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Upcoming DVD Seminar: Explosive, Noncompliant, Disruptive, Aggressive Kids

What Works, What Doesn’t
& How to Turn It Around.

All are welcome to attend the informational seminar brought to you by Traci Allen, MS, LMHC and the Educational Service District 105 (ESD 105).

2 sessions available | February 28th or March 3rd | Registration fee: $15 | Register online at | Registration deadline is February 20th.

ExplosiveKids ESD flyer. Learn More >>

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

Miracles Happen Everyday

Posted in Video | Tagged | Leave a comment