Our Story

My Village NW Story

In 2003, a group of moms with preschool aged children participated in a support group for parents of children with special needs. Over the school year, we leaned on, and learned from, each other. When the school year ended, we wanted a way to continue the support and friendship that had been built among the moms, and extend that opportunity to dads, children and siblings.

With the help of a special educator, we started what was then called Northshore Special Families, a volunteer organization. Our goal was to provide nurturing and safe spaces that would allow children with disabilities and their siblings to play with each other, and give the parents an opportunity to connect. Eventually, we changed our name to Northwest Special Families to better represent the geographical region our programs serve. Over the years, Northwest Special Families hosted parent dinners, family events in the community, Moms Spa Nights, summer bike camps, teen events, SibShops, Lego club, Summer Pals and parent presentations.

As our children enter adulthood, their social needs and our families’ needs are changing. Our organization is adapting to meet these needs. In 2016 we incorporated in Washington as a non-profit called My Village Northwest. Our goal is still the same; to create social and support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. And we still produce our two main events each year: Special Santa in December and the Can Do 5K in April. But we have added the additional goals of cultivating employment and housing options in the Northshore and surrounding areas and organizations to develop meaningful inclusion opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Upcoming Events

Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Zulu's Board Games Cafe
Bring the whole family for game night with other families with kids with developmental disabilities. Try out a variety of board games and make new friends. Snacks and drinks provided. RSVP for Your Family Here:[...]
Apr 1 all-day
9:30 am-3:30 pm, Location TBD This planning retreat is open to anyone who cares about creating an inclusive community in the Northshore area and has an interest in helping to make that a reality. We[...]
Apr 19 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm The Kenmore Hangar
Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while meeting with other parents of kids with developmental disabilities. For: Parents/caregivers and younger children Cost: Participants pay for their coffee No need to RSVP
Apr 28 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am The Seattle Times North Creek Facility
Sign up to run, walk or volunteer at the annual Can Do 5K. This is My Village NW’s only fundraiser. This is our 10th year! For: anyone and everyone, families, neighbors, educators, friends… Cost: there[...]