Lift wants families to experience more

Lift wants families to experience more

Last summer, there was a quadriplegic zooming down a zip line. Nearby, a gentleman who was paralyzed on one side of his body is water skiing and a blind woman is climbing a rock wall.

And parents and caregivers who are normally tending to their needs are receiving a break from their 24/7 lifestyle.

For the Lift Disability Network (Lift), its mission is to “elevate life in the disability family” and make sure those who are disabled and their families experience more.

The non-profit organization was recently awarded a $1,000 Operation Round Grant to help cover some of its programming expenses in 2019.

Lift provides social activities for all disabilities and ages in St. Louis City, St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Pike, Warren and Montgomery counties.
This year’s Breakaway Summer Camp will be held July 3-6 in Waterloo, Ill.

“For some of our families, this is the only vacation they can take as a family and trust that everyone’s needs are met with excitement and open arms,” said Dr. Delaine Young, Missouri program director.

Lift is one of few organizations that support the whole family. Besides the Breakaway Camp, Lift hosts free monthly events called Boost in St. Charles and Warren/Montgomery counties. The Boost events include fun activities, food and a time for inspiration.

Lift was founded in Florida by Jim and Rhonette Hukill. Jim was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy when he was 20 months old, but he has been overcoming barriers and restrictions ever since.

The couple, in 1998, founded Eleos - The Care Network and later changed its name to Lift in 2006. A Missouri office was established in 2013.
“With CREC’s assistance, Lift will provide our families with the attention they deserve, create a safe environment for all disabilities and all ages to feel free to be themselves,” Young said.

Lift is always looking for volunteers to assist with their events. To learn more or to view their upcoming events, visit or call 314-390-1881.

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