Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut, and a group of parishioners. Their intent? To bring financial aid and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Members are Catholic men who lead, serve, protect and defend. They share a desire to be better husbands, fathers, sons, neighbors and role models and to put charity and community first. The Knights of Columbus Council #2574 demonstrated this commitment to the community by donating to Turtle Wing Foundation. Leadership delivered a check for $3,000, which the membership voted to donate in order to support Turtle Wing programming, specifically dedicated to our Supplemental Services programming for the Social Skills Groups. These groups are an opportunity for Social Skills Training which incorporates outings that provide a chance for children with social skills needs to participate in fun activities, working on social skills, and establishing and maintaining friendships. The facilitator provides a lesson and is available for coaching during the outings. Participants with social skills, communication, sensory, and behavioural needs who can function in a group of up to 12 children are encouraged to attend.
Turtle Wing has been providing Early Intervention, Supplemental Services and Community Education & Advocacy programming to children and families with academic, social-emotional, behavioral and/or developmental needs since 2012. Annually, over 300 children are receiving direct services with thousands more benefiting indirectly through education and advocacy work. For more information or to schedule Turtle Wing to come visit with your organization contact Destiny Psencik at (979)505-5090, visit the Turtle Wing Facebook page @turtlewingfoundation.
Left to right: David Shimek, Hector Cervantes, Garry Schellberg, Destiny Psencik (Turtle Wing Foundation Executive Director), Charles Youngblood, Jim Kothmann. Other side of the flag (right side) First row Philip Rocha and Marcus Recek (back row) Ralph Dunk and Pat Lyons.