BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF CARING
As printed in Long Island Business News: Non-profit Column
June 2, 2017
Aid to the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) helps to enhance the quality of life for over 160 individuals who reside in 32 of our residential homes and supported housing. ADD is an organization that provides residential options from supportive housing to independent living in the community; from work incentives and transitional programs to individualized services. Our mission goes far beyond housing and programs. It is about creating pride and self esteem in each individual and empowering them to reach their goals. Our individuals become contributing citizens in their communities, who live gainful lives, dreaming and achieving.
ADD helps create many success stories: such as a young woman, who reached her goal of living on her own, owning a car and following her career in dog training; or a young man, who earned his GED and is now in a college program to further his career. We are a goal-focused group and we help provide the steps for accomplishment. We invite you to visit our success stories on our blog page at addny.org.
“This is your time.” This is the advice that Yvonne Johnson-Fassett, intake/benefits specialist, gives to individuals with whom she is working, “I aim to motivate and inspire. It is about community integration, quality of life and caring,” She continues, “I empower, not enable. If I am going to enable someone, I will enable to inspire.” Ms. Johnson-Fassett has been working for over thirty years as an advocate and is also a certified life coach.
Aid to the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) also features community programs such as a working farm, sensory garden, food pantry and more. We continue to grow and expand our offerings. However, growth also requires support from sponsors and donors from our community in order to reach our goals. Please take a moment to consider supporting the work of ADD to create an environment whereby people with a range of abilities are actively encouraged to develop and direct services that recognize their unique desires, ambitions, values and abilities. View our Wish List at addny.org or find it in our ad in the Non-profit Focus section of this issue of Long Island Business News. The official Wish List is comprised of much-needed items, such as new kitchen appliances, fencing, a deck and new television sets at residences; and even includes day trips and outings for our program members. We’ve had a few items fulfilled and it truly has made a difference.
Your support of ADD can help our agency continue to provide the highest quality of care to the individuals that we serve. Individual contributions allow for the development of important programs to provide services that are not funded by other sources.
We invite you to also explore new fundraising programs, employment opportunities and upcoming events at addny.org. In particular, we are planning a brand new fundraising event set for October 4, 2017, which will incorporate food and wine tastings along with a casino night and indoor go-cart races. Stay tuned for more details on this event and how to purchase tickets by keeping in touch with us. You are now able to sign-up for email updates via our website.
The above column appeared in the June 2 issue of Long Island Business News, along with our ADD Wish List in the Non-profit Focus section of the newspaper as well as the online edition.