Mission and Programs:
Sharing Hands A Respite Experience (SHARE) partners with all members of families where there are children with special needs, supporting their efforts to establish and maintain strong and successful families. SHARE serves families in the Permian Basin who have a child with disabilities including but not limited to epilepsy, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. SHARE provides in-home and site-based Respite Care for families who care for children with special needs (birth-18) and their siblings. Respite Care program is currently held on Friday nights twice a month in Midland. SHARE provides Parent Support programs, which include support groups, dinner groups, resource fairs, family events, and holiday celebrations. Lastly, SHARE provides Sibling Support programs such as support groups, SibCamp, scholarships, and events, which recognize siblings and their contributions to the family. All programs are provided at no cost to all members of the family.
During twenty-five years of teaching special education in Midland ISD, Tom Jones witnessed first-hand the desperate lack of support and resources for families with children with special needs. Tom Jones helped establish SHARE in 2005 as a small church ministry, which has grown to a stand-alone 501(c)3 charitable organization offering respite care in Midland. In 2006, SHARE initiated a collaborative effort to start Sibshop, a support program for siblings of children who have special needs. SHARE developed parent support programs, which address the unique needs of parents. By focusing on respite care, parent support, and sibling support services, SHARE has evolved into a nonprofit, which cares for families who have children with special needs. In March of 2009, SHARE became a 501(c)3 corporation. In June of 2011, SHARE expanded respite care services and parent support programs to Odessa. In 2012, SHARE implemented an in-home respite care program for children with special and medical needs. SHARE also began a NICU Parent Support program in partnership with local hospitals. In 2013, SHARE partnered with Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor School of Medicine to host a Genetics Conference to bring expert speakers to the Permian Basin. In 2014, SHARE moved offices to the Midland Shared Spaces, which provides us with invaluable shared resources.