Our story began rather quietly in 1950, when Roy and Georgette Engler of Maumee, Ohio created Sunshine Children's Home to care for children with developmental disabilities. This important decision resulted from the Englers' personal experience caring for their five children who had disabilities due to a positive Rh factor. The Englers became experienced caregivers and with community help-but no government support-decided to use their expertise to help other families who had children with developmental disabilities.
Over the past six decades, Sunshine has grown dramatically to meet increasing needs, and now serves over one thousand individuals and their families. The Englers' vision has been expanded to a broader view and sharper focus on what can be achieved and how this community's quality of life can be improved.
There is much about the Sunshine community that needs to be experienced to be understood. As a living, loving, working community, Sunshine embodies a cultural tradition which nurtures personal and spiritual growth among both individuals and staff. The spirit of mutuality is pervasive, as is a willingness to help in any way possible. We believe we are all defined by our relationships with the people we serve. At Sunshine, we understand that as we care for others, we are also being served and enriched by them.