• Congrats, Gina!

    Before the COVID pandemic hit, JPII adult participant and JPII graduate Gina C. had a part-time job that she loved.  Unfortunately, her employer needed to restructure because of new guidelines, and Gina’s position was eliminated.  It was a difficult time for her. Fast-forward one year, and Gina’s mother reached out...

  • Justin’s Story

    “I think the most special part of Justin being at JPII is that he has friends.” – Tisa U. Friendships and meaningful social interactions are essential for children to be successful and happy.  For those with disabilities, building friendships and interacting appropriately can be difficult, but with the proper support and...

  • Medical and Mental Preparedness Grant

    JPII Adult Program nurse, Pam Traczuk, instructs staff member on proper CPR techniques The COVID pandemic brought two health-related issues to light for JPII’s nurses and therapists.  Our nurses took a deeper dive into our preparedness to treat medical emergencies and identified the need for additional medical equipment and supplies...

  • 2022 Legacy Gala

    Join us on April 30 at our 12th Annual Legacy Gala as we celebrate the resilience of John Paul II Center’s dedicated students, adults, staff, and volunteers. The evening includes dinner, a performance by our students and adults, silent and live auctions, and the presentation of our Halo and Peggy’s...

  • Annual Christmas Raffle back online!

    Our popular Christmas raffle is back online again this year. We had such a wonderful response to last year’s online version, we’re doing it again! Our online raffle opens on November 22 at 9 a.m. and closes on December 17 at 8 a.m. Most tickets are $1 each, with four...

  • Cooking As Therapy

    Follow Up from Mrs. Berkhammer: As we enter month two of the lunch program, I was thinking a little bit about JPII this time last year. What a difference a year’s time can make. We have definitely made progress! We have evolved and made huge strides in the right direction. ...

  • Lunch Program Returns to JPII

    Exciting News from Mrs. Berkhammer: This year has been trying to say the least. Let us start by saying that since the start of this pandemic, we have always tried to find the positive in the mess of the past year. Some days are better than others. Just like everyone...

  • Today’s Gift Creates Lasting Legacy

    Teacher Excellence Endowment Fund Planned gifts are very personal. They come from the heart and provide donors with the opportunity to create their lasting legacy. While these gifts are often made as bequests, it is possible to provide a planned gift today so you can see its immediate impact. At...

  • Giving JP Tuesday

    “Exercise has a clear physical effect on our body; making us stronger, positively changing our health, and combating underlying health conditions” – Tara Simmons Help Us Improve Physical Health And Relieve Stress Through Adaptive Physical Education Program So many things have changed as a result of the COVID pandemic.  For...

  • Molli’s Story

    “We’ve never had anyone care for Molli the way that your staff does,” – Kellie G Before coming to John Paul II Center for Special Learning (JPII), Molli had a difficult time in school. Simply getting her on and off the bus became a challenge because she didn’t feel comfortable...

  • We Can Make This Work

    Tonight I dropped a Chromebook off at Orlando’s house. The Chromebook was all set up, connected and ready to go. I did all this leg work so Orlando would have a smooth transition. I did this so he could be ready for the first day of school. His family chose...

  • You’ve got questions; We’ve got answers.

    Dress code This year’s event will be held outside, which means cocktail attire is not required. Instead, we are asking our guests to wear “Dressy Casual” attire. We recognize that we will be outside at a ballpark, so we encourage you to dress in your outdoor summer finest. Please refrain...