Posted by Sherill Pederson on Sep 20, 2017
 
 
This week our club learned about the Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center from Korin
Michielli, Development Director. The Guild School is perhaps best known for their annual Penny Drive,
one of several fundraisers conducted by the school.
This week our club learned about the Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center from Korin
Michielli, Development Director. The Guild School is perhaps best known for their annual Penny Drive,
one of several fundraisers conducted by the school. They rely on community donations and fundraising
for 30-40% of their budget. Their next event is a Benefit Breakfast on October 17. They also host a Gala
& Auction in March, and a Golf Tournament in June.
 
The mission of the Guild School is to provide treatment for infants and toddlers aged birth to three years who have developmental delays and
disabilities. Treatment is specifically tailored to the needs of each child. They are well-staffed to
provide an array of services with the aid of physical and occupational therapists, speech & language
pathologists and special education teachers, with regular consultations with pediatricians and nurses,
family resource and social workers, orthopedists and dieticians.
 
They are looking to the future with a
recent purchase of the St. Joseph Center property, just east of Gonzaga University. By relocating to that
area, they will benefit from better access to the educational and medical services available in the
vicinity, as well as being able to design facilities specifically to fit the needs of their growing base of
clients. The programs they offer have proven successful, with early intervention allowing for 20-25% of
the students developing age appropriate skills by age 3.