2019 and Being Part of the Solution

Girl with Down Syndrome Dancing and Holding Hands with Woman in Yellow Shirt

Did you know, in Minnesota one in every five families with children, has at least one child with a special health need? It’s estimated that children with special health needs in Minnesota range from 160,000 to 200,000. At Joshin, this is more than data, it is at the core of our mission. We know that behind the numbers are families who in addition to typical life challenges, have unique needs that are often unmet. When you raise a child with special needs; school, activities and simply getting through a week require so much more. As children, we lived this reality and have made it our mission to find ways to lighten the load for families with special needs.

We have all heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” However, when you have a special needs child, any old village won’t do. When you need a break, have a business trip or have to simply run errands, you can’t just call the college student down the street to help care for your child. Special needs require special care and this is the year that we make that easy and fun for Minnesota families!

The Joshin app is the first-of-its-kind, offering disability care and is now available for download on the App Store and Google Play. Feedback from families like yours has already been amazing and our team is humbled and inspired by the great people we provide care to. Minnesotans can download the app today and start the process, but stay tuned for our “super-official-with-all-the-excitement” launch in the coming weeks.

What Else is in Store?

The app is a big deal, but we are not stopping there. This year we are also working on expanding our care services to include:

  • Nanny placement. Some families need more than on-demand care, but have ongoing care needs, from full-time to part-time or seasonal help. Our team is hard at work developing this enhancement to our care program.

  • Partnering with families and counties. Through the Minnesota Department of Human Services people on the home and community-based services waivers and Alternative Care program have access to Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS). CDCS allows the flexibility to use state funds to self-direct services including hiring and managing support workers. Joshin qualifies to fulfill the support role for families with selfdirected on-demand care.

These are just a few of the things that we at Joshin are working on for you in 2019! We have big plans so please follow our progress on social media, and sign up below to get news and updates delivered to your inbox.

Melissa Danielsen