On behalf of all of us at The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project I hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. It's been several months of anxiety and uncertainty for all of us dealing with this Covid-19 virus - both personally and professionally.
I wanted to take a moment and reach out to you directly with an update on our organization and our unique programs. Out of an abundance of caution we closed Morgan's Place in mid-March in accordance with the advice of the CDC and other health officials when the pandemic reached our shores. Our hope of course had been that it would be a temporary measure and that we would soon reopen our beloved multi-sensory facility - however, that has not been the case.
Like many businesses around the state we remain closed, and as a result we have had to consider our options for the unforseen future. Our clients are the most vulnerable of the populations in our community, and most of us involved with this organization are also part of this group. Our priority is and always will be the health and safety of our families, clients, staff and volunteers.
That said, we have decided to embrace our roots! Nearly 20 years ago this organization started as a support system for parents raising children with disabilities, operated by an all-volunteer staff out of our own homes. Our goals were simple: to provide the resources and tools needed to enhance Quality of Life for the child and the entire family. We certainly grew over the years with dedicated volunteers and generous donors like YOU to do so much more for these families.
Our upcoming plans for enhanced programs and delivery models embraces our 2-decades long philosophy and vision for this organization and we are quite excited about what is coming soon!
Our mission has not changed - just the way we deliver it. Stay tuned!!
The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project released the following Press Release today:
The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project today announced business updates
in response to the impact from novel coronavirus (COVID-19):
As the COVID-19 crisis has evolved, the organization has had to adjust their operations at Morgan’s Place, their multi-sensory activity center for individuals with disabilities. “In an over-abundance of caution, we were one of the first in our community to voluntarily close our doors in mid-March,” said Kristen Malfara, Founder and Executive Director for the organization. “Because our client base is one of the most vulnerable populations in our community, we followed the suggestions of the CDC and other health officials and made the decision to stay home, stay safe for our clients, staff and volunteers.”
As the pandemic continues indefinitely, the organization has adjusted the timing of some of their 20th Anniversary strategic initiatives, originally planned for late 2021. Their mission of ‘providing support and resources to individuals with disabilities to enhance their Quality of Life’ will continue to be the cornerstone of all their programming, and by expanding their collaborative partnerships with other organizations with a shared vision, increasing their community outreach, and enhancing their delivery models, The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project will be better positioned to serve these families into the future. “These are certainly unprecedented times, but our organization is extremely proud of our accomplishments over the past 2 decades, and we are excited about the program enhancements we will now be introducing at the beginning of 2021 in recognition of our 20th Anniversary of serving our community,” Malfara stated. “Stay tuned for more details, we will be making announcements as soon as we have a confirmed launch date for our updated programs, conforming of course with the recommendations of official health agencies.”
The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project has provided multi-sensory therapeutic activities at Morgan’s Place - a unique, wireless, wheelchair accessible, multi-sensory activity center created just for individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory challenges - located at 4241 N Highway 1 in Melbourne, since 2011. In addition to this local community effort, since 2001 they have provided services to families all across the nation with their Equipment Exchange, Resources, and Quality of Life Small Grant programs.
About The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project
Named for their founder's son, Morgan, their acronym stands for Making Opportunities Reality Granting Assistance Nationwide. For nearly 20 years, The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project has provided support and services to parents with physically disabled children all across the nation, regardless of their underlying disease or disorder. In 2019 they became an Affiliated Chapter of The Arc of Florida, representing the Space Coast.
Updates will be posted online on our website: www.themorganproject.org,
as well as on our social media page: Facebook.com/morganproject.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-506-2707.
The M.O.R.G.A.N Project Mission
Created in 2001, our mission is ``to provide the tools for a therapeutic and fun experience to individuals with developmental differences.`` We do this through our unique Quality of Life support programs, our Snoezelen-based Multi-Sensory Activities at Morgan's Place, and through volunteer outreach in our community. Proudly, in 2019 we became a chapter member of The Arc of Florida, expanding on our original mission. Learn more about what we do and why we do it!
Making a Difference
The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project has identified caregiver support as a high priority. However, the “tools” that these caregivers need to make their job easier and safer are not always readily available. Appropriate and accessible facilities are few and far between. These are essential items, services and activities that not only assist them in safely caring for their loved ones, but enhances the Quality-of-life for the entire family at the same time. That’s where we step in!
You can make a difference too for families of medically fragile children or young adults with disabilities, as well as others of all ages with developmental differences! Our community helped to build us, and we need YOUR help to continue to serve those that need us the most. Make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer, hold a fundraiser, or even help us every time you shop online or simply surf the web. Learn more about how YOU can help US to help THEM.
A Message from Morgan's Place - December 2019
Dear Friends, Clients and Supporters:
It has been a wonderful and exciting year for us!!! Our small charity literally arose from the ashes, and Morgan's Place is now better than ever before, and we are so privileged to be able to continue to serve the children and families that we love. We have expanded our multi-sensory programs for children with disabilities to include individuals of all ages, and are adding NEW group-based multi-sensory classes for ALL ages and ALL abilities!
We are appropriate for those with or without disabilities and now in addition to our specialized and unique sessions specific to our special-needs population we are offering sensory-based activity classes to all.
Outside in our Garden Sensorium our newest addition to our LifeStyle Pavilion is our incredible SunShade Structure, built with a generous grant from the American Association of Dermatologists and our Musical Garden donated by The Space Coast Health Foundation. If you haven't seen our new and improved multi-sensory areas for yourself yet, please give us a call to schedule a brief tour, we look forward to proudly showing it all off to you.
Thank you for your continued support!! As always, it’s the generosity of our community that keeps us going, and even a small donation can make a big difference ❤️
For the kids,
Kristen Malfara, Founder & Executive Director
Morgan's Place: The Sensorium Tour
Take a tour through our wonderful, magical multi-sensory wonderland! This video was taken just before the fire in June 2017, and is a wonderful insight to the magic at Morgan's Place. As soon as we have an updated video of the new and improved Morgan's Place we will post it here.
We are very happy to be celebrating our 18th year of this organization, named in honor of our beautiful little boy, Morgan. In the past 22+ years of caring for our son, we have come to appreciate all of the difficulties involved in caring for a special-needs child in the family home. It is our hope that through this project we can help other family caregivers to be able to better care for their own kids with special needs, by providing resources, gently used disability equipment exchange, and multi-sensory therapeutic play.
We have been extremely fortunate to have found a wonderful Leukodystrophy support group, and many exceptional parents of special-needs children to share our experiences with over the past years. That said, we also recognize that not all family caregivers of children with special needs have been as fortunate as our family has been, and this is our opportunity to help others in our son's name.
Our organization recognizes that our "children" will always need our caregiving and supports in the community regardless of their age, and our expanding and evolving programs are designed to grow with them.
The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project has been created with love BY parents of a child with special needs, FOR parents of children with special needs.
~Kristen and Robert Malfara