WISCONSIBS, INC.

Sisters & Brothers of People with Disabilities

aka former name = Fox Valley Sibling Support Network   |   Appleton, WI   |  www.wisconsibs.org

Mission

WisconSibs fosters a community of support and understanding for siblings of people with disabilities.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Harriet Redman

Main address

211 E Franklin St #C

Appleton, WI 54911 USA

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Formerly known as

Fox Valley Sibling Support Network

EIN

39-1942794

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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WisconSibs Sibshops

Sibshops are celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special health or developmental needs.  These workshops combine recreation with information and discussion.  Kids age 6-12 attending WisconSibs Sibshops enjoy a lively, relaxed event that emphasizes a kids-eye view of sibling issues.
 
Sibshops are guided by trained facilitators in small, age-appropriate groups.  A typical Sibshop is 3-4 hours long, often on a Saturday.  WisconSibs Sibshops are held every 4-6 weeks September through April.  Teen siblings are encouraged to volunteer as mentors to the younger siblings participating.  
 
The concept of Sibshops was developed by Don Meyer, M.Ed., director of the Sibling Support Project.  The Sibshop model won the 1992 National Award for Innovation from ACCH, The Association for the Care of Children's Health.
 
Watch www.fvssn.org for announcements about the date and time of upcoming Sibshops in the Fox Valley area.

Population(s) Served

A variety of future planning, social and peer-support programs are offered throughout the year for adults who have siblings with disabilities.
 
Watch the www.fvssn.org website for details.

Population(s) Served

Teen Sib Leadership Awards are presented to teen siblings who are eager for a challenge and have a heart for serving others. Award winners are invited to Teen Sib Leadership Day that includes team building while exploring group communication, trust and respect, problem solving skills, and leadership styles.

Population(s) Served

SibDays of Summer for ages 6-12:
The high-energy, week-long day camp provides young WisconSibs lots of opportunity for adventure, fun, and making friends. Siblings are 14 and older develop leadership skills by serving as counselors and role models.

Sib Camp for ages 9-16
This four-day, three night camp brings "typical" siblings to the Team Leadership Center in Door County for a variety of outdoor activities: biking, padding, hiking, sip-lining, and, of course, campfires. It's a great way to experience the freedom and thrill of adventure with peers who truly understand the ups and downs of life with siblings who have special needs.

Population(s) Served

Planning for the future is important for all adults as they grow older and as life changes. But for all adults who wish to see a future where their sibling with disabilities enjoys a quality, dignified life, it is even more important to get informed and work together.

WisconSibs' Journey Forward is a workshop that focuses on housing, legal, financial, work or leisure and other issues- and helps siblings create a written action plan that offers peace of mind for the whole family!

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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WISCONSIBS, INC.

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Edward Ruffolo

Miron Construction

Term: 2014 - 2019


Board co-chair

Cindy Piotrowski

Portage County Aging and Disability Resource Center

Term: 2015 - 2021

Edward Ruffolo

Miron Construction

Cindy Piotrowski

Portage County Aging and Disability Resource Center

Andrew Burg

Fox Valley Public Accountants

Karie Mindock

Fox Valley Lutheran/ Fox Cities PAC, ADI

Ben Stern

Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Michele Martin

Hortonville Schools

Nancy Hidde

Appleton Area School District

Deb Smet

Thrivent Financial

Idette Adams

Schenck, SC

Kristine WIlliams

Remley & Sensenbrenner, SC