The Siskin Story

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A Promise Made

“If it’s your promise, it’s my promise, and we’ll keep it together.” – Mose Siskin

More than a half century ago, two Chattanooga businessmen devoted their lives to serving their community and reaching out to people with disabilities. Today, their legacy lives on at Siskin Children’s Institute.

In 1942, Garrison Siskin suffered a life-threatening injury, and surgeons told him that his leg would have to be amputated. He prayed to God that if his leg were spared, he would dedicate the rest of his life to helping others. The next morning, his prayers had been answered.

When Mose learned of this vow, he told his brother, “If it’s your promise, it’s my promise, and we will keep it together.” They established the Mose & Garrison Siskin Memorial Foundation in 1950 and later opened a rehabilitation center to provide outpatient services, including physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and even free dental care.

The foundation would also provide funding to support a preschool for young children with physical disabilities and developmental delays (Siskin Early Learning Center), a medical clinic for children and families to access evaluations, diagnosis, and therapy services (Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics), and family health care resources were made available for families navigating complex healthcare systems.

Today, the Institute continues to expand its reach and health care services, now offering feeding therapy service in Chattanooga, TN, and continues to work towards enhancing access to developmental health care across our region.

Find our complete list of developmental health care services here.

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