.We want a building of our own and a business to be contained within that building to help support our cause!
In the past several years, there have been many budget cuts that affected the disabled. If the future holds more of the same, the disabled will be left without help. Many of these people and nearly every one of our members are able and willing to work full time jobs but the opportunities are few and far between.
A business of our own would make it possible for us to provide employment and job training for our members and help to support our charitable organization. A building would make it possible to house members who need it, provide office space for us, a meeting place, a recreation area and a commercial kitchen for further job training and to provide meals for those who live and work there.
Our cognitively disabled members want to work, have their own homes and families and be productive members of society.
Misinformed public opinion prevents this!
To those of you who have been touched by this equal-opportunity disability, either as parents, guardians, caretakers or unwilling hosts:
Brendon is one of our unwilling hosts of cognitive disability. In addition, he has poor vision. Brendon was born into a large low-income family and as a result always had to carry his share of the load to maintain the family. Although he had difficulties in school he was determined to live independantly. He has a full time job, drives when the family car is available to him, is working on developing a good credit rating so that he can get his own apartment. In addition he is planning on getting married next year. If this were not enough, he reaches out to our other members who can benefit from his experience. He points them in the right direction and becomes their cheerleader. With your donations, we can reach more employers who will be willing to give our members the opportunity for a full time living wage job. It helps our members get the skills, disciplines and timing to hold that job and excel in it. The crucial years between high School graduation and finally gaining traction in the real world where acceptance is not as easily found as in school, is difficult. They don't like the labels that people put on them so they work very hard to prove themselves deserving the fulfillment of their dreams like everyone else.
We are not asking you to support them with free handouts. We are asking you to help them get prepared for supporting themselves. If you possibly can, make a year-end gift to help as many of our members as possible to work toward their dreams.
Your donation will provide basic computer skills for Megan, Julia and Mark needed in jobs that they are persuing. Melvin needs a driver's license to move up in his job and Robert needs help to finish driver's school. Jean is applying for low-income housing because he has not lived on his own and his parents are ailing. He is demoralized to learn that some people have been on that waiting list for years. This is a trauma that happens to more and more families because parents eventually leave their children behind through no fault of their own. These young adults are dedicated to pulling themselves up. Won't you give them a hand?
Thank-you so very much for whatever you are able to give.. If you want to discuss this matter further, you will find my e-mail address at the top of this letter. If you want to call me, call 773-309-8349 between the hours of 2:00P.M. to 5:00 P.M. during the week and between 1:00P.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Sundays.
You are our best partner in advocating for these hopeful young adults and more like them. They won't disappoint you, please don't let them down?