Client Story – October 2022

Meet Jacob and James Buss, of Bethlehem, Northampton County!

Jacob is 15 and began participating in the program at the age of eight, after being diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Jacob’s younger brother, James, is 13 and has been part of the program since he was six years old. James’ diagnoses are ADD, mild ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and behavioral issues. Jacob and James live with their mother, Dawn.

Jacob, James, and Dawn work with Elks Nurse Deb Penn. Nurse Deb has been a source of information, advocacy, and friendship over the course of their visits and communications. These relationships are vital to Pennsylvania residents such as the Buss children since they create a level of trust and stability that is rarely found when families attempt to navigate the many care paths alone. Dawn is able to rely upon Nurse Deb to assist her with education issues, an area in which many families with special needs often struggle. When extra support from an advocate like Nurse Deb is available, more quality time can be spent with loved ones experiencing fun, enriching activities.

Two emails Nurse Deb has received from Dawn:

Deb has been our Elks home service nurse for 5 years now. She has helped me stay focused during difficult times with my ex-husband where my son’s education is concerned. She’s helped with their IEP, attended school meetings with me, talked to each of them on a personal level. Although she is there as a professional resource for all of us, she’s become both friend and family over the years. Her support and insight is invaluable. We look forward to this relationship continuing for the foreseeable future. 

Merry Christmas from our family, and feel free to use this picture for the Elks!!!

Hello Debbie,

I wanted to reach out to you to thank you for all your assistance and information you have provided to me and my boys. The autism information has been very helpful. 

The experience we had at the Eagles Autism event was wonderful. It was a great learning experience for my son, Jacob.  He was able to speak openly with the Eagles players.  The players really pushed that no matter the disability, you can do and accomplish anything.  Jacob took a lot out of that message.  

We had the best time and that the event helped raise money for autism made it even better.  

Please continue to forward information to me in the future.