Social Good Spotlight: The Treehouse Ohio

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Welcome to Sangfroid Strategy’s new series spotlighting Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations doing the hard work to adapt their programming and continue to deliver their social good during these times. Here we asked nonprofits to share positive and innovative ways they are adapting their programming to align with the need for social distancing, while still delivering a benefit to their constituents. Unsurprisingly, all of these groups have had to move business online, cut costs and find new ways to connect with their patrons and donors. Still, they’re all managing to survive and thrive.

The Treehouse Ohio

During this time of social distancing, parents and children are spending a lot more time together, often in confined spaces. The Treehouse Ohio out of Bedford, which offers pediatric therapist-lead playgroups for all children, has had a part in keeping some semblance of normalcy for families during the time of COVID-19 — especially for those who have kids with autism or other social disorders.  

Lauren Drobnjak, the nonprofit’s executive director, says that prior to the pandemic shutdown, many area families counted on the program to provide playgroups that developed fine, gross, sensory, and social skills. Thankfully, right away, the organization was able to take their gatherings online using Zoom. While these sessions don’t quite compare to in-person playgroups, children are still able to see one another.

Treehouse Ohio’s Executive Directors Lauren Drobnjak and Claire Heffron. Photo courtesy of

Treehouse Ohio is also offering free to-go bags for families to come pick up. They include plenty of arts and crafts activities for children to work on at their own pace. 

“For the children with autism diagnoses that struggle with understanding the stay at home orders and feel as if they are missing out on playgroups at The Treehouse, this has provided a sense of security, familiarity and social interaction with people that they are used to seeing weekly,” Drobnjak tells Sangfroid Strategy.

Drobnjak says her organization has been able to reach more children in Northeast Ohio through its online efforts and has given parents a better opportunity to learn about what their program teaches.

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Do you have a story about how a nonprofit adapted their programming to continue to spread benefit to our community? Submit your story today!

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