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Reflective Difference

i Dec 30th No Comments by

WOW! Can you believe it? 2014 is drawing to a close. It makes sense that at the end of the year many of us are taking some time to reflect on the past 365 days. We may be thinking about our accomplishments, our  disappointments, and our steadiness. Reflection and evaluation takes place for businesses (small and large) and organizations too. At Erick’s Place we’re pondering the year. Let’s take a look back at some of our accomplishments, disappointments and steadiness.

Our Accomplishments: For more than 7 years we have continued to make a difference in the lives of children with special medical needs and their families. Through pajama donations and volunteers we have delivered over 4500 pairs of pajamas to a variety of hospitals and pediatric facilities as far north as Brooklyn, NY and as far south as Vineland, NJ. Monetary donations have helped us provide more than $8,000.00 in college scholarships since 2006. We’ve helped purchase furniture for families, provided funds for groceries, partnered with organizations to purchase a hearing aid for a child with hearing deficits and an orthopedic device to help a child walk. (more…)

Why We Do What We Do

i Jun 16th No Comments by

As you may know, my son, Erick, passed away at the age of three. He was a medically fragile child with Cerebral Palsy, mental retardation, a feeding disorder (which required a surgically implanted feeding tube) and a tracheotomy to facilitate his breathing. This meant he needed 24/7 care.

For many years I prayed to know: Why did God keep me here? What is my purpose? What am I supposed to do? Well, prayers DO get answered.  In 2006, I figured out my life’s purpose. I found my WHY. In September of that year, my husband, Rosy, and I established The Erick J. Umstead Memorial Foundation, now dba Erick’s Place.  We wanted to head up a (501c3) charitable foundation in memory of Erick with the following mission: To provide financial assistance to families and children who are medically fragile.  (more…)