From Maria’s Desk – August 2021

Dear OVV Friends and Family,

Believe it or not, we’re less than a week away from the start of a new academic year. Next Thursday, August 19th, our children will return to our Loveland campus to resume in-person learning.

There will be plenty of familiar faces and several new ones, including eight new children and seven new staff members. I’m delighted to welcome them into our community, and I’m confident they’ll find themselves supported, stimulated, and at home here.

As the new school year approaches, we’re invited to consider what makes OVV truly special. The answer, I think, is simple—family. At OVV, “family” refers to both the individual families whose children we serve and the larger, all-encompassing family of students, supporters, parents, and teachers who are the lifeblood of our organization.

This month’s spotlight articles showcase two remarkable families—the Wilhelmys and Davidsons—whose lives are permanently interwoven as a result of Ohio Valley Voices. Their stories speak to the powerful connections that are formed here at OVV and how those connections can yield transformative growth. In the case of Noah Davidson and his OVV Speech-Language Therapist Martina Guarello, a relative of the Wilhelmys, they inspired a beautiful children’s book.

As a family unit, OVV is stronger than ever. And thanks to the new children and staff members joining our program, I believe we’ll continue to grow stronger, day by day, through 2021 and beyond.

I thank each and every one of you for contributing your time and talents—and, most of all, your love—to the Ohio Valley Voices family. Savor your finals days of summer, and I’ll see you next Thursday!




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