Sky's the Limit of Acadiana is a non-profit organization based in Lafayette, Louisiana. We assist other non-profits in organizing their fundraisers by helping to identify their needs, acquiring sponsorships, donations, restrooms, staffing, photography, bands, t-shirts, pre-event promotion and post event follow-ups to thank the sponsors and donors.
Our organization's designated fundraiser that we coordinate is "Compete4aCause."
Karen Juneau, founder of Sky's the Limit of Acadiana is a Physical Therapist by profession and is currently a “taxi Mom” to her three children and a supportive wife to her husband, Wendell, who has Rosewood Rehabilitation, a successful Physical Therapy clinic here in Lafayette.
In June 2011, after much encouragement from friends, Karen began the establishment of “Sky’s the Limit of Acadiana” … a non-profit, public charity with the vision to work toward the development of a residential community for residents with special needs.
Originally, our non-profit envisioned spearheading the development of "Larimar Landing" then quickly realized that there were other non-profits and families with the same vision and the need for a safe, protected community to be integrated into Acadiana providing residential, vocational and recreational opportunities.
Sky's the Limit of Acadiana combined our efforts with DREAMS Foundation to work toward our mission for "Unity Village Community" to become a reality and we realize the need for this kind of community more and more every day. "Unity Village Community" has now become a DREAMS Foundation project.
"Unity Village Community" will be a residential community for special needs young adults that meet a certain functional level of independence where they will be able to live with a “guardian” in a modified independent living environment.
We have always envisioned a residential community for special needs individuals with group homes for men & women, a nice “common’s area” incorporating a fountain, swings & pleasant landscaping, and a recreation room/area accessible. A local, family practice physician has agreed to be our Medical Director to oversee the residents' medical care & proper administration of medication. In addition to the rec room/area for the residents to exercise, plans are to incorporate activities such as swimming, horseback riding/equine therapy and other field trips. We plan to acquire funds to get a van to transport the residents to and from vocational job opportunities and hope to have several work options within the community at fast-food restaurants, grocery store, retail shops and artistic outlets.
By providing a secured residential community, these individuals with special needs will experience the PRIDE that comes from living with friends and having “their own place” to safely live in Acadiana.
The mission of Sky's the Limit of Acadiana is primarily to be instrumental in the development of a residential community for special needs individuals to be built in Acadiana, to be an advocate for autism & to assist other Non-profit organizations with their fundraising efforts thus building unity
in the special needs community.
How the dream of "Sky's the Limit of Acadiana" began...
Sometimes a person has to go through challenges in their life ..before they see the light shine on their “purpose in life.” Over the years, Karen Juneau, founder of Sky's the Limit of Acadiana, has had health issues bombard family members and changes in her own life including the inevitable
“aging process” and “empty nest syndrome.” Karen's son, Skyler, is autistic and has lived at a
residential living facility in Alexandria, St. Mary's Residential Training School, since he was 12 years old. The facility truly provides everything that he needs, but it
is hard for her to leave him in another city and know that someone else is
taking care of him. Karen dedicated twelve years to try
“fixing” her son investigating almost EVERY treatment possible and modifying every day of her family’s life. The Juneau family has never made Skyler an
“excuse”; Skyler is always the “reason” they do what they do.
Karen knows first hand that as parents, sometimes we have to let go of “selfish pride” when we reach a point where we realize we can't provide everything our children need. Sometimes we have to let go and let others, that will make a greater impact on the development of our children, take over after we reach that point when we have done all that we can do. Karen knows first hand that for a parent of a special needs child, things are more complicated.
Autism is a developmental disability that cannot be “fixed.” Autism is when…… as a parent, we try every treatment possible to help our children improve at a steady rate they are capable of. Autism is a “spectrum disorder” which means that there are varying degrees of involvement and functional abilities. Our children are like snowflakes… there are NO TWO ALIKE.
"With “Sky’s the Limit of Acadiana”,
I now feel like I have has found my “purpose in life.” Now I know why I
was a Girl Scout for so long and why I am Junior League-trained to be
a professional “beggar.” I am not afraid as a “trained volunteer” for
people to tell me, “No.” I have the personality to solicit with a smile
and I have been told that I have a gift to help make fundraisers
successful. Being a Physical Therapist, I have a medical background
and I understand medical terminology and the special needs population.
I have always enjoyed helping with fundraisers & friends would ask
me, “You help all these organizations with their fundraisers… just for
the fun of it? Are you crazy? You need to channel your passion into a
specific cause that will directly benefit your family somehow.” This is how “Sky’s the Limit of Acadiana” evolved."
~Karen Juneau, Founder
Karen has extensive experience meeting community-minded people through her involvement with so many fundraisers. She is always impressed with the generosity of people willing to donate money for sponsorships, items for silent auctions and food and drinks for events. As the founder of "Sky's the Limit of Acadiana", Karen now meets with organizations that are holding fundraisers, helps to identify their needs and assists them to acquire sponsorships, silent auction donations, food & drink donations, discounted rentals, restrooms, staffing, photography packages for the event, music from bands that will play for charity benefits, goodie bag donations, and assistance with T-shirts, printing needs and creative planning. The two vital areas that she most enjoys is helping with pre-event promotion, including promoting the sponsors that are supporting the event, and post-event follow-ups to “thank” the sponsors & donors.
There are so many opportunities to make a difference through community service and "Sky's the Limit of Acadiana" is always willing and looking for ways to help. Karen's philosophy in life is to try to make each day better than the day before.
Thank you for your interest in helping "Sky's the Limit of Acadiana" and working to make Karen's vision a reality! With your help and support the Juneau family will be able to bring their son, as well as other special needs individuals, "home" to Acadiana.
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