Frenes, who has released eight CDs, performed a 45-minute house concert in the backyard of
Frenes, who is also an artist for World Vision -- an international relief aid agency that works in more than 100 different countries -- is used to traveling around the country and even the world to perform. She was planning a trip to
"I thought this was a really cool thing for me to pair with," Frenes said.
As the mother of 16-year-old Becca, who has Down syndrome,
She said when her family and the others on the team first went to
The team, which included occupational therapists, first met with the families of these children in their homes and then organized a time for all of the families to meet together.
"For them to be able to talk to a group and have that opportunity was amazing," said Schei, an occupational therapist herself. "Just seeing the looks on their faces, they were so grateful to know each other."
They have since formed day camps for the children to attend and hope to operate another day camp during the next trip.
She said she and her husband have heard positive reports of the families they have worked with, noting that there has been significant progress in many of the children. Many have also been seen doing more in the community.
They hope to see this continue.
People interested in giving to the cause can mail contributions to Shy Ministries at
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