Parent to Parent program comes to the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2001

For their 30th wedding anniversary Jim Kuhnsman and his wife took a cruise to Alaska from their home in Columbus Ohio. "We renewed our vows on board, then after staying at the Princess lodge as part of our cruise, we met with a realtor who was a friend of a friend I met 26 years ago, and she took us to some properties that fulfilled a dream for us. We must have driven 400 miles that day," Kuhnsman told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at their Tuesday luncheon.

Kuhnsman has a reputation as a shopper with his children, "When we left our kids told my wife to please keep an eye on me and don't let Dad buy anything. So we had a hard time figuring out how we were going to tell them that we were going to make this move when we got home," said Kuhnsman.

Today, Kuhnsman and his wife own and operate the Alaskan Serenity Bed & Breakfast on Denise Lake in Soldotna. Additionally, Kuhnsman is the Special Projects Coordinator for Parents Inc, a program of families assisting families of children with disabilities. Known as Parents to Parents, the non-profit corporation operates in thirty states and has been in existence for some 30 years according to Kuhnsman.

"It's basically a spiritually based organization, because there is no national headquarters. The primary purpose of Parents to Parents is to match parents who are in need who have a child with a disability with mentor parents, or veteran parents, who have gone through the process of working with a child with a disability so they have someone to rely on as a friend and help them work through the process of raising a child with a disability," said Kuhnsman.

Information on how to volunteer, or seek assistance from the Parent-to-Parent program is available at www.parentsinc.org, or by calling 1-800-478-7678.



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