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Hamels gifts a home to Camp Barnabas to help individuals with special needs


COLORADO SPRINGS. CO – Baseball player Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi donated their 32,000 square foot home on Table Rock Lake to Camp Barnabas – a nonprofit organization providing life-changing experiences to individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses. The Hamels have been quoted as saying that nothing pulled their heartstrings in the way of Barnabas as they have seen the faces, heard the laughter and read the stories of the kids served.
Charitable gifts can reduce taxes but the best giving comes when donors connect with the values, mission and purpose of the organization. Charitable gifts, like the Hamels, can be made while alive or can be an important part of estate planning.
“Families with a special-needs member can consider making charitable gifts through their special-needs trust to help continue the work of nonprofits serving their families,” says Rob Wrubel, author of Financial Freedom for Special Needs Families. “Families with someone with an intellectual or developmental disability usually have several nonprofits supporting them and any money left in a trust can be used to help those organizations last for future generations.”
Wrubel, the creator of the Blueprints for Special Needs financial planning process and author of several books, urges families to stay focused on their goals and savings plans. His website at highlights the nine Building Blocks families should put in place to improve their financial outcomes and preserve government benefits.
“Planning to give through an estate feels good and it does not take away from anyone’s quality of life if done well,” says Wrubel. He recommends that families, “consider charitable giving in their special needs planning as they meet with their attorney and other professional advisors.” The advice of a Certified Financial Planner® who specialized in families with a special needs member can be a helpful guide in navigating changes to benefit and savings programs as they happen.
Rob Wrubel is dedicated to helping families with a member with an intellectual or developmental disability with their financial planning to help them reduce stress, preserve benefits and create a fulfilling future.


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