The co- founders of Brighter Journeys , through their personal experiences, have identified needs for families of children with complex medical or behavioral conditions. To address this gap they have formed a charity to provide words of comfort, assist in directing to resources, and the intention to provide tangible support to those families.

Families that include a child with special needs, often find difficulty in navigating through everyday life, as the world is not typically designed to meet this need. Brighter Journeys seeks to provide comfort through the caring words of experience, and when possible address requests for items not covered by medical insurance or out of financial reach of these families.

One unique quality of this foundation is that Brighter Journeys is not specific to any one disability or diagnosis. It is to brighten the journey of any child with special needs.

Brighter Journeys: Going the extra mile for children with special needs and their families.


Our founders Lisa Platko Urbanski and Bernice Simonds Sando have faced the challenges of raising their children and fully understanding the battle facing other families in our area. Now they feel as it is their turn to give back to the community and through Brighter Journeys hopes to go the extra mile for children with special needs and brighten the journey of other families raising children with special needs. 

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Mohegan Sun Pocono


6th Annual Fundraising Event 

Friday, October 22, 2021  |   6:30pm – 10:30pm

Entertainment by Flaxy Morgan 

2-hour Open Bar

2 Carving Stations

Michael Mootz Chocolate Buffet

Grant Application 

Help us brighten the journeys of special needs  families. We strive to provide the resources needed to local special needs families. With your help we can make a significant impact.  

2019 Egg Hunt Sponsors 

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Going the Extra Mile for Children with Special Needs 

Brighter Journeys

150 Mundy Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702


Tel: 570-814-6606

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