What are Sibshops?
Sibshops are opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities or mental health concerns, to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. The workshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some, a good thing, for others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. Sibshops are 3 hour events open to school-aged children 5-15, generally held monthly during the school year, offering lively, recreational activities facilitated by trained volunteers. Information and discussion activities are interspersed with fun games and age-appropriate programming.
Sibshops understand the key role siblings play in providing natural supports for brothers and sisters with special healthcare concerns throughout their life span.
Sibshops are perfect partners for faith-based respite programs. Check with your local Sibshop to see if they are partnering with a respite program or call the State office for more information.
Sibshops Communities and Contacts:
Bethany: Jana Wing - firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 470-2260
Claremore: Tonda Ames - email@example.com or (918) 712-0340
Edmond: Cindy Gould - firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 620-7501
Enid: Deana Wilson - email@example.com or (580) 366-9606
Guthrie: Brandy Parks - firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 431-0709
Guymon : Monica Ronne - email@example.com or (580) 380-5383
Muskogee: Kellie Blankenship - firstname.lastname@example.org or (918) 913-5494
Mustang: Janet Wilson - janet-m-Wilson@ouhsc.edu or (405) 595-1958
Norman/Cleveland County Project Outreach Respite Sibshops -Lesley Scott - email@example.com or (214) 796-4800
Oklahoma City/Bethany: - Amanda Peters - Amanda@stmarksbethany.com or (405) 789-9033
Oklahoma City (South)/North Moore Crossroads Church: Lorry Malcolm - firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 644-4221
Poteau: Kodey Toney - email@example.com or (918) 658-5076
Shawnee: Ronelle Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 915-3401
Stillwater : Rona Tracy - email@example.com or (405) 880-2634
Tinker AFB: Sharon Noones - Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 739-2747
Tulsa: Lora Roberts - email@example.com or (918) 227-1797
New Sibshop facilitators and volunteers are needed! Contact us if you are interested!
Statewide Contact: Robyn A. Boswell - firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 271-5700, X47801
Sibshops is an award-winning program founded by Donald Meyer. There are over 400 Sibshops world-wide. For more information on Donald Meyer or Sibshops, feel free to go to: www.siblingsupport.org. Mr. Meyer is located in Seattle, Washington - he would love to hear from you by calling (206) 297-6368.