The Engler Society enables its members to change lives and create community for decades to come. Your gift becomes a personal legacy of services and support for people with developmental disabilities, one in which the benefits extend far beyond your own lifetime. The dividends make possible countless opportunities for the men, women and children supported by Sunshine Communities.
The Engler Society honors Roy and Georgette Engler whose loving commitment reshaped the landscape of services and created new possibilities for children with disabilities. The Englers raised five children with disabilities at a time when others often institutionalized those who were different.
In 1950, the Maumee couple founded Sunshine Children's Home to help other families care for their children with disabilities and to help "bring a little sunshine" into the lives of boys and girls through loving care in a clean, home-like setting. The Englers affiliated their home with the Mennonite Church in 1960. Today's name, Sunshine Communities, reflects a diversity of services that remain true to Sunshine's mission of creating community for all. Sunshine supports more than 400 adults and children with disabilities in Northwest Ohio as they live, work, play, and worship on their terms.
Today, the Engler Society has more than 85 members. Each has named Sunshine in their wills or estate planning. Those gifts, like the commitment from the Englers, ensure future support for people with developmental disabilities and a brighter, more diverse community for all.
For information on the Engler Society, contact Shannon Bova, Vice President, Donor Relations: [email protected] or 419.725.2285.