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About Shot HISTORY
Justin and Tamara Reimer founded The Elisha Foundation in 2005, being spurred on by their eldest child Elisha, who has Down Syndrome. At the special moment of his birth Justin and Tamara recognized the unique call that God had placed on their lives - to minister to families of people with special needs. The Reimers want to see Jesus made much of through the unique blessing of a special needs child. After over eight years of waiting and praying the Lord opened the door of ministry to them and the inaugural Elisha Foundation Retreat was kicked off in December of 2005.
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Who We Are
ChrisExecutive Director, Justin Reimer.

Justin and his wife Tamara founded The Elisha Foundation in 2005. Justin and Tamara are the proud parents of Elisha, Noelle, Abram, Evangeline and Naomi. Elisha has Down Syndrome and at the special moment of his birth Justin and Tamara recognized the unique call that God had placed on their lives - to minister to families of people with special needs. The Reimer's want to see Christ made much of through the unique blessing of a special needs child. After over eight years of waiting and praying the Lord opened the door of ministry to them and the inaugural Elisha Foundation Retreat was kicked off in December of 2005.

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The goal that Justin and Tamara are leading TEF towards, as it grows, is to provide much needed resources in the “special needs” community. Educational advocacy, counseling and special needs ministry resources are among the priorities of TEF as it grows. Critical to the need of any community is the local church. We are endeavoring to make the local church a focal point of support and foundation for any family that we are blessed with the opportunity to serve. Churches need not, have a "special needs program," just people who love Jesus and are willing to extend that love and fellowship to someone in need.

Justin and Tamara took a step of faith in going on mission full time with TEF in April of 2011. Justin's leadership and vision is critical to the advancement of the work of TEF and engaging more people to serve the disabled worldwide. Justin's position with TEF is funded by the support raising model, meaning he is responsible for raising monthly support to sustain he and his family. Please prayerfully consider supporting them. You can give to them on our "GIVE" page.

Justin and Tamara can be reached via email at Justin.Reimer@TheElishaFoundation.org

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Mission
The Elisha Foundation was founded to pursue Christ-centered transformation in the lives of people impacted by disability around the world.

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We recognize the need to encourage families who are caring for these special people. Our family retreats provide a balanced schedule of workshops and activities for the family, as well as for each individual, while providing a refreshing and fun environment for the entire family.

The objective of our Respite, Retreat and Reach is to provide focused times of educating and resource, along with group activities and couple activities. These times also provide opportunity for family character development. Principles, which are critical to the character of every individual and family, are emphasized, with the hope of continued growth and development of these attributes in the lives of these specially gifted families.

Vision
As The Elisha Foundation has been steadily involved within the “special needs” community, many needs and opportunities have come to light both locally and internationally. Needs that range from the physical to the emotional. With the variety of needs we feel that a concerted effort in a few critical areas will do much to help more people, more consistently.

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The work of The Elisha Foundation extends through the emphasis of four primary means of ministry - Resource, Respite, Retreat and Reach.

Respite:
Raising a special needs child puts a strain on the family, and often times parents have other children to raise. A time for parents alone, or time set aside with their non-disabled child(ren) is invaluable. The Elisha Foundation provides opportunities for these parents to get that valuable time alone through various events which provide child care. Other means of Respite are available to meet needs that are more specific to an individual families’ needs.

Retreat:
TEF retreats consist of various resource specialists, guest speakers and other resources specific to the needs of each retreat. A well-balanced and limited set of activities for the entire group of guests, as well as for the individual families, will be focused and productive. Additionally, time for parents to retreat alone will be accommodated and encouraged. Through the focus of our staff and the combined experiences of the attendees, each family will gain new insights and refreshment to live life anew.

Reach:
Often times in third world, or former Eastern Block countries, the care for those with disabilities is substandard and negligent. Through the work of small teams of disability resource specialists and medical professionals, The Elisha Foundation aims to make a difference in the lives of children and adults living in languid conditions. Our efforts are focused on establishing indigenous ministries inside these countries to continue the work through local churches and ministries.

 
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