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Things have changed since 1968!


by Sandy Hembd,

mom of Mike and Mark, twins with Down syndrome for 49 years, veteran volunteer for 60 years, and advocate for those with Intellectual and developmental disabilities for 49 years.  This is just ones person’s experience.

My, how things have changed for those with I/DD in 49 years.

When Mike and Mark were born in 1968, we found we were on the razor’s edge of the new Public Law 94-142 which stated that all children must be educated in the public school system.  Because of […]

By | February 6th, 2018|Mom Blog|

Leaving a Legacy

Most of us would like to leave some kind of a legacy,

… showing the world that our lives made a difference to society.  That our contribution of, time, talent and treasure were invested in a work or cause that made our world a better place.  Our legacy communicates to family, friends and others what was most important to us.

At a personal level a legacy could be communicating to future family generations the virtues and values which guided our lives.  You might want to make the statement that “I want my grandchildren and great […]

Health Benefits of being Generous

Father Knows Best

My father, who was a pastor for 40 years, once said of giving, “you should give until it feels good.”  At the time I’m pretty sure he wasn’t aware of the fact that science is actually confirming this old adage.  Here are a few health concepts that support his notion of the importance of giving until it feels good.

Giving helps keep our stress in check.

Social psychologist Liz Dunn published a study in the Scientific American where she looked at Cortisol levels in people as they gave money away or chose […]

IRA Charitable Rollover Option

With 2017 coming to a close and 2018 becoming a reality, our thoughts, unfortunately, tend to start thinking more about taxes.  The question that many of us face each year is, “what options are there to reduce our tax liability.”  And the answer that we come up with most often is “not many”.  Each year it seems to get tougher and tougher.  But there is a glimmer of hope.

In 2015 the the IRA charitable rollover option became a permanent law in America.  If you are 70 1/2 years or older and have an […]

Prospective of a MOM


My name is Sandy and I’m a mom of twin boys with Down Syndrome. I’m going to be blogging every now and then about my experiences raising my two boys. I’m a veteran volunteer, advocate, inventor of programming for I/DD and a mom now of 49 years. Both of my sons, Mike and Mark live at Glory Community in “Scott’s Place.” Little did I know 49 years ago just where the birth of twins with Down Syndrome would take me. It took me into a wonderful world of meeting some of the most caring and dedicated people I’ve ever known. […]

What is Glory Community and why is it needed?

Many people have asked a very simple question, “What is Glory Community and why is it needed.”  To answer that question, we need to understand a little about the history of Glory Community.

The concept of Glory Community has been forming and evolving for many years, beginning when Jim and Sandy Hembd’s twin sons, Mike and Mark, were born in 1968 with Down syndrome.  Throughout the boys’ formative years, Jim and Sandy prepared them for living on their own and becoming employable adults.  As Mike and Mark entered their thirties, the Hembds began to search for appropriate living arrangements and were […]

Caring Grandparent asks, What If?

A Grandparent’s Perspective by Ron Faillaci

My Granddaughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when she was around three. When we received the news, we had no idea what that meant for her and our family as our journey began. In researching ASD, we learned that the Autism spectrum is very broad. That is, some people could be mildly impaired by their symptoms, while others could be severely disabled. Because of her young age, we had no idea what to expect. This uncertainty caused us to hope and pray for the best and to plan for the worse. But […]

By | October 27th, 2017|Events|