Kaitlin Ashway, known to many around Lighthouse as “KT,” has been involved in the program for a few years now. A sociable young woman, Kaitlin is involved in many different activities and has broadened her interests over the last year and a half. From music and art to sports and television, most people will find some type of connection with KT!
Last spring, Kaitlin took up online art classes through what is now known as the Without Walls: Virtual Learning Program. Her parents, Paul and Tamara Ashway, saw her “become a budding artist through the online class as well as the 1:1 service she received during the pandemic.” Kaitlin enjoys the online classes and continues to participate in Praise and Worship on Tuesday evenings. Jen Swanson remarked that KT’s favorite songs to sing in this class are My Lighthouse by Rend Collective, and Lord I Lift Your Name on High.
Coming into Lighthouse every day is a highlight for Kaitlin, where she paints, sings, and participates in music and Bible studies. She especially looks forward to card-making on Wednesdays, learning about bridges and animals, and other fun trivia.
Although KT loves seeing her friends at Lighthouse, she also looks forward to her time spent at home in the evenings and on the weekends with her mom. Getting her nails painted brings excitement, as does playing her shakers on the praise and worship team at her church on Sundays. When she has a chance to relax, you might find her watching comedy shows, Family Feud, American Ninja Warrior, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, or going with her family to watch the Barnstormers play baseball at Clipper Stadium.
According to her dad, Paul, Kaitlin has grown immensely since being involved in Lighthouse. He notes that "she has been more flexible in choosing to do a variety of things.” Before trying out different arts and crafts in Strengthening Pathways and online, she did not have as much of an interest in crafts. Now, she loves being a “crafty person!” Her parents also see the fruits of exercise class as Kaitlin initiates the stretches she learns when she comes home.
Additionally, she has become more comfortable with dogs over the last many months.
Sandy Miller, LVS’s Transportation Coordinator, occasionally brings her dog, Gussie, into the program to share about her dog shows—something that is looked forward to by many. Kaitlin has started allowing Gussie to approach her and was open to receiving a dog kiss from Gussie recently, something she won’t allow even her own dogs to do!
As Kaitlin takes part in singing or dancing (her favorites!) and so many other activities throughout the week, she has developed good friendships in the program. We are glad to hear that all of the new and exciting options to choose from and smiling faces from her peers and staff may have helped to soften the sting of not being able to attend camp over the summer. Kaitlin—continue exploring, creating, and bringing joy to those around you!
Ashley Hankins - Program Associate