On Wednesday, September 19, Belo Mansion hosted Metrocare Services’ “Meal for the Minds” luncheon. Formerly Dallas County MHMR (Mental Health Mental Retardation), Metrocare Services has been providing care for clients of all ages living with development disorders such as retardation and autism for over 40 years in Dallas.
This year’s keynote speaker was an amazing woman who has wriiten a book All I Can Handle, I’m Not Mother Teresa. Kim Stagliano is the mother of three girls with autism. With an entertaining sense of humor, Stagliano shared issues she and her family face daily, struggling with life with autism and her wisdom through experience navigating a society that isn’t always kind to those with disabilities. Kim is managing editor of ageofautism.com, the nation’s first daily online publication about the autism epidemic, writes for the Huffington Post, The Autism File magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News and FOX news.
It is reported that one in 88 children now have autism or a related spectrum disorder.
Hosted by the Metrocare Auxiliary and chaired by Jean Obert, the luncheon featured an Edible Auction with offerings from Dallas’s top pastry chefs and the sale of art work by Art Focus XC, an elite group of Dallas artists. Stagliano had especially kind words and gratitude for the events top sponsor, Whole Foods, represented by Karen Lukin. Kim recognizes that a big part of her daughters’ care starts from the inside. She says that what we put into our children is just as important a part of their treatment as the rest of it. She credits Whole Foods with providing the nutrition necessary for their health as well as the for the generous support of Metrocare Services that will allow the organization to continue their mission of assistance to clients with developmental disabilities.
The Metrocare Auxiliary has nearly 150 members who support and raise awareness for the agency. Contact Lindsey Zimmerman to join or call 214-743-1220.