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The Leathrums and the Poindexters

May 15, 2009

The Foothills Presbytery is taking a rare and deep look into the world of two families faced with the needs of their children with developmental disabilities. Their stories highlight a mission — and a calling — to reach the hand of Christ toward a great need that’s too often invisible.

Westminster Presbyterian member, Jill Cogdill, led the production of a video on behalf of the InDwellings Ministry. The video showcases what the homes will mean to families facing the crisis of adult children in need of a home the family can no longer provide.

This video features two families. The first is the Leathrums, an Upstate family whose youngest son has Down syndrome. Roger, now 36, could live somewhere other than his parents’ home, with supervision, if only such a place existed in the Upstate. InDwellings wants to build just such a place, where folks like Roger can live with the dignity and sense of community they long for, providing a deep sense of peace for his family. The second family is the Poindexters, whose 2 1/2 year old son, Calvin, also has Down syndrome. Calvin’s mom, Katie, is already thinking ahead to what sort of home will be available when Calvin is an adult, and wants to live as independently as he is able.

Because many of the parents of adult children with developmental disabilities are now more than 55 years old, the need for these homes rises urgently by the day. If a medical or other crisis arises, these parents want to know that they have an option for housing these very special adult children.

Producer Jill Cogdill is an InDwellings’ board member, who secured the services of well-known photojournalist, Mario de Carvalho. For more than 30 years at CBS, Mario shot some of the biggest stories in the world. He has received numerous national Emmy Awards, and his passion and heart for this project are immense. (Many of you may know that Mario is married to the Upstate’s own Jane Robelot, former anchor of the CBS Morning Show, and treasured member of our community.)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2009 2:16 am

    So glad to hear from you. It is always a pleasure to hear about a church and presbytery that has caught the vision of the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. I am with an organization called The Special Gathering. We have a covenant relationship with Central Florida Presbytery.

    Special Gathering does classic ministry, evangelism and discipleship. I will pray for you.

    I’m originally from SC. My husband graduated from Clemson and speaks often of Pendleton. SpG has a program in Walterboro.

    • pendletonpresbyterian permalink*
      May 19, 2009 12:36 pm

      I know Richard & Nancy Stimson, although I haven’t seen them in twenty years. I am also aware of Special Gathering being in Walterboro. Maybe we should meet sometime.

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