Exceptional program for exceptional adults

Record numbers of exceptional adults, volunteers and caregivers danced the night away Friday, July 29, at the Dance for All Caregiver’s Night Out event hosted by Hope that HEALS in the Community Life United Methodist Church gymnasium.

Started in Nov. 2013, Hope that HEALS is a nonprofit volunteer-run organization that provides support, education and activities for special needs adults and their caregivers in the South End of Santa Rosa.

Co-founder and mother of two exceptional boys Robin Jones said there was a clear need in Navarre.

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More than 60 exceptional adults, volunteers and caregivers danced to country, pop and Christian songs during the Dance for All event. This was the highest turn out to a Hope that HEALS event to date.

More than 60 exceptional adults, volunteers and caregivers danced to country, pop and Christian songs during the Dance for All event. This was the highest turn out to a Hope that HEALS event to date.

Magician Al Grimm turns a seemingly blank card pink for Hope that HEALS participant Raechal Cail’s favorite color during the Friday, July 29, Dance for All Caregiver’s Night Out at Community Life United Methodist Church.

Magician Al Grimm turns a seemingly blank card pink for Hope that HEALS participant Raechal Cail’s favorite color during the Friday, July 29, Dance for All Caregiver’s Night Out at Community Life United Methodist Church.

Holland Jones, co-founder Robin Jones’ youngest son, gives children a lesson in dancing to the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. He has autism, but his mother says “autism does not have him.”

Holland Jones, co-founder Robin Jones’ youngest son, gives children a lesson in dancing to the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. He has autism, but his mother says “autism does not have him.”

Leah Kauble, 16, dances with one of her friends from school. Kauble, like many teens, tried to play it cool and shooed her mother away while she danced.

Leah Kauble, 16, dances with one of her friends from school. Kauble, like many teens, tried to play it cool and shooed her mother away while she danced.

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