Catering to the unique health and social needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS and their parents, Hope House offers a welcoming respite for families whose lives have been torn apart by illness. Among their many services, staff members support children aged 6 weeks to 5 years with therapeutic daycare and preschool lessons and aid parents with rental-assistance programs and advocacy services to defend their legal rights. Counseling and support groups help clients learn to manage grief and fear of social stigma, whereas 24-hour emergency care, medical referral, and immunizations for youth help keep medical care up to date. For parents aiming to gain self-sufficiency, Hope House also provides GED and life-skills classes that can help lead to better employment opportunities.
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Kid Station is a fully licensed drop-in and play center where children aged 12 months to 12 years can frolic under the careful guidance of a qualified childcare professional. Kids enjoy ocular stimulation from the colorful playrooms, complete with play stations stocked to suit every age bracket; blocks, trains, and storybooks entertain tiny tykes, while air hockey tables and video games woo their mature sibs. Kid Station adheres to strict caregiver-to-child ratios, ensuring each toddler and tween is under constant supervision. Safety procedures such as a password-controlled check-out process, allergy-sensitive snacks, and an imaginary friend retinal scan are strictly enforced, and all staff members are CPR/first-aid trained to handle minor medical emergencies. The usual $10 registration fee is waived for Groupon users who are new to Kid Station, and parents can also feel good about the many family-oriented community organizations that the center supports.
Helmed by a friendly, dedicated artist, the online emporium of personalized products bursts with a bevy of colorful invitations, stationery, address labels, and more. Employing whimsically unpredictable color combos and customized lettering, the crafty creator fashions distinctive items for a dizzying array of occasions, from informal birthday parties to elegant parrot weddings. Karaoke-inclined hosts can prepare guests for crooned versions of "Old MacDonald" with popstar invitations ($3 each; minimum order of 25). Apple slice note pads make fruit an omnipresent grocery-list item ($30 for four), and the brightly shaded personalized growth chart ($75) plots the progress of your child's or pet goldfish’s vertical climb up to 7 feet. Aspiring card architects can upload their own family photos or poorly scanned tax returns onto a 12-pack of colorful classic photo cards ($38).