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Kathy Beazley – Guest Contributor
Dec 8 2019
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Ability Connection's Christmas Wishes

Ability Connection, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in Dallas, Fort Worth, Richardson, Garland, and Southlake, has assembled its wish list of goods and services needed this holiday season. Ability Connection graciously accepts gift in many forms – from gifts of time to various forms of monetary gifting, gifts of supplies, gifts for facility needs and gifts for activity-based needs. Supporting Ability Connection is easy for individuals, churches, companies, and organizations. Below are ways to give:

Provide Gifts to Members Living in Ability Connection Group and Foster Homes

Make a difference and brighten the holidays of the members from Ability Connection group and foster homes. Donate a gift that can be tucked under the tree or in the members’ stockings by visiting Ability Connection’s Amazon Wish List, which includes everything from games to stimulate the mind to clothing to daily items to help members’ routines. If you have question regarding how to donate or volunteer, please contact Tai Green at 214-351-2500 ext. 2259 or tgreen@abilityconnection.org

Join ACT Connections with Friends and Create your Own Holiday Fundraiser

The holiday season is a perfect time to create your own FUNdraiser, where proceeds benefit Ability Connection. Host a neighborhood bake sale, a Christmas cookie decorating party or a gourmet dinner. Create a cookbook of your and your neighborhood’s holiday recipes and sale the cookbook. Let your imagination soar. The possibilities are endless.

Donate books, movies and sensory board games

Each week, Ability Connection offers programming to its members, designed to address the individual’s choices and priorities. Consider donating books, movie DVDs and sensory board games. Part of the programming includes Reading Corner, where members can practice and strengthen their reading comprehension skills and monitor their progress. Sensory Board Game Day offers members an environment full of different sensory activities in comfortable carefree, quiet zone with plenty of action. Items can be shipped directly to the attention of the Development at Ability Connection, 8802 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75235 or dropped off at the same address on Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Help with remodeling of Ability Connection group homes

Are you handy with home remodeling? Do you work for a home improvement company? Ability Connection group homes are in need of sprucing up, including floor replacement, bathroom remodeling to make ADA compliant, front door replacement, and exterior fence replacement. If you have question regarding how to donate or volunteer, please contact Tai Green at 214-351-2500 ext. 2259 or tgreen@abilityconnection.org

Give the Gift of Time

There are two ways to give the gift of time – by becoming a Connection Ambassador or Connection Companion. By becoming a Connection Ambassador, you can share your time, talents, and energy year-round. It’s a perfect opportunity for individuals, corporations, churches, schools, and more to host a party for the members of Ability Connection or take part in a community service project. If you have a vocational skill that may be of interest and help the members, tell Ability Connection about it.

The other volunteering opportunity is to become an Ability Connection Companion, where volunteers are matched with one our members to establish an enriching one-on-one relationship. Companions help members combat social and physical isolation, as well as develop relationships with people within their community.

Ability Connection is grateful to the North Texas community for their continued support. For more information on how you can participate, call 214-351-2500 or visit AbilityConnection.org.

ABOUT ABILITY CONNECTION

The mission of Ability Connection is to enrich the lives of children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities through comprehensive, life changing care, training and supports. The nonprofit also has offices in Austin, Fort Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls, as well as a new training facility in Southlake and group homes in Dallas, Garland, Richardson and throughout the rest of the state.

The nonprofit offers a variety of services, designed to address the individual choices and priorities. These include residential services, community supports through Medicaid waiver programs, on-site training centers with tiered levels of support to address the needs of our clientele and employment support services. For each person served, Ability Connection learns what the members’ goals and choices are, facilitate the supports and services needed and then measure their success and satisfaction

Ability Connected started as United Cerebral Palsy in 1954 and has been in existence for 66 years. The nonprofit provides “world class services” by focusing on compassion, respect and results. To learn more about Ability Connection, donate or become an ambassador, visit AbilityConnection.org or call 214-351-2500.

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