(FHF Press Release) - On November 16, the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs held their annual GOLD Awards in Baton Rouge.
These awards are issued to individuals who are outstanding in the disability community. This year, the award for the Family of the Year was given to James and Ann Sprinkle of Evergreen, La. This award is given in recognition of a family who has a family member(s) with disabilities and who, by involvement in the community and mutual support of one another, are an example of courage, strength and unity for other families in Louisiana.
The value of having one person that is willing to go above and beyond, can truly make a difference in a community. Jim and Ann Sprinkle has been the cohesiveness in their community, family and friends.
Ann is very involved in her community, assisting families any way that she can. This ranges from helping to find medical equipment, diapers, doctors or just being a warm, kind voice in the storm.
Jim is an exceptional businessman, communicator and supporter. He is the perfect mentor. He provides support in multiple ways to families of individuals with disabilities. Jim is the executive director of Families Helping Families.
Families Helping Families (FHF) at the Crossroads of Louisiana is a non-profit Family Directed Resource Center for individuals with special needs. FHF was funded in 1992 in Alexandria, La. as part of a statewide network of family resource centers. FHF is an organization of families who, because of their own experience, are aware of and committed to reaching out to other families who have members with special needs. Special needs include physical, mental, emotional, behavioral and/or educational issues. FHF is a place where families can go for help and understanding of caring people who “HAVE BEEN THERE” also.
The mission of FHF is to assist and strengthen individuals and families with special needs through a coordinated statewide network of resources supporting and serving 8 parishes.
Jim is the voice of reason for many agencies. He provides support in many ways, from being the communicator who possesses the ability to make complex issues understandable, to being the subtle and approachable person that is willing to guide you in the right direction. Jim is deeply committed to and involved in the State of the State, of affairs as it relates to families of individuals with disabilities.
On November 3, 2015, Jim and Ann lost their 23-year old son, Andrew, who had a disability. Since then, they have continued to fulfill the legacy and mission of serving individuals and families with disabilities, which was bestowed upon them by Andrew. Daily they continue to use every skill and provide resources to families in their time of need.
Most recently during the flood of 2016, they volunteered and assisted many throughout the State of Louisiana with campers, trailers for storage, durable medical equipment and supplies to make life as normal as possible.
Continuously, they give of themselves, never seeking to be glorified. Forever they will be an inspiration and motivation to serving the disability community.