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As The Body Poets skillfully performed breakdance moves across the stage, Mrs. Burke's young son declared with wide eyes, "Mom, they are amazing!"
This popular dance crew is catching the attention of just about everyone, especially the kids in attendance at the Kids Crew event. Mrs. Burke says she was shocked by her son's positive response.
Days after this Kids Crew event, the Community Services Team received a call from Mrs. Burke. She explained that her son has autism. He's usually very sensitive to loud noises. But while watching The Body Poets perform, her son was very calm. Mrs. Burke said she was amazed at her son's level of comfort. Now, her Facebook page proudly features a photo of her son hugging the performers.
Her comments so moved the dance crew that they've volunteered to put on a show free of charge. The best part? All of the proceeds will go to a charity of her choice. Mrs. Burke said the conversation brought tears to her eyes. She had such a challenging year with car accidents, deployments, and scheduling appointments with her son's autism. This was welcome news.
Since Lincoln Military Housing was founded, our Community Services Team has always been at the core of our mission. Community Services events are staged on-property or out in town to create more personal connections within individual housing communities. These events serve as informal community gatherings and help the residents get to know each other personally, meeting the primary mission of our Community Services program.
Now, when Mrs. Burke's son starts getting a tantrum, she plays a Body Poets dance video, and it calms him down instantly. Amazingly, a Community Services event brought such an incredibly positive influence into this family's life. It shows that people make connections with each other and the vendors we partner with, like the Body Poets. Our events build relationships, develop support systems, and create positive experiences.