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Good Shepherd recently received two generous gifts that will benefit children served by Good Shepherd Pediatrics.

The Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation gave a third gift totaling $45,000 toward Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Autism in the Arts program. The foundation initiated funding for the program now in its third year helping young people with autism discover their potential through the arts.

The program of six consecutive arts-based workshops serves children ages 12 to 21 who are on the autism spectrum. By exploring their unique perspectives through artistic expression, participants develop interpersonal skills and gain confidence to function independently in classes, public events and social activities.

“We are forever grateful to the Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation for their ongoing support of the program,” says Cora Hook, a speech-language pathologist. “Along with the Good Shepherd Women’s Giving Circle, their support has enabled us to present our work at the National Convention of Speech-Language Pathologists, and expand our artistic collaborators to include Cedar Crest College and nationally-acclaimed storyteller Peggy Pettitt.”

A $125,000 grant from the Jean L. Potter Foundation will help support the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit and outpatient pediatrics.

“This gift means so much to the staff, children and families we serve, because providing the exceptional level of care we do means going above and beyond for our patients,” says Amanda Kleckner, administrative director of pediatrics at Good Shepherd. “Generous gifts like this support cutting-edge technology and education, so we are providing best practice and best outcomes for our pediatric clients.”

The grant is an investment in the future care of children and youth. Good Shepherd is the only provider in the region offering pediatric inpatient rehabilitation and specialized programs to treat children with complex medical and congenital conditions.

To support the pediatrics program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, visit goodshepherdrehab.org/donate or contact the Development Office at 610-778-1075.