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Karen and Terry Giblin

How long have you been connected with David’s Refuge?
Since 2019

Please explain any diagnosis your child has, and you have experience with.
Tourette’s Syndrome and caring for elderly parents

What is your favorite part of being a host?
Conversations with other couples and hearing about their families and lives

What is something you want your guests to know about you?
High school sweethearts and married in 1976. Have 2 children and 3 grandchildren

What is a piece of advice you have found invaluable as a family with experience in special needs or a medically fragile diagnosis?

We often see the worst behaviors from our children at home because it is a safe environment for them, they know they are loved, and we are not going anywhere.

Which partner location is your favorite and why?
Beekman House – communal spaces are great for casual gatherings and conversation.

A genie grants you the ability to have infinite amount of one item. What is it?
Food to feed the world. I know it sounds like a Miss America Pageant answer but it is real. We both serve at a local food pantry and FeedMore of WNY which includes Meals on Wheels and food sent to senior centers as well as other programs.

What book changed your life?