“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
We are born into a family. We play and learn and grow. And as we do, so does our world, and our circle of friends. We gather at schools and churches and ballparks and businesses. When we become adults, we take on grownup roles. We work, play, worship, grieve, and celebrate TOGETHER. We are a community.
Children with intellectual and physical disabilities become adults, just like everyone else. Once they grow up and leave school, they have the same need to continue to belong, and play active roles in communities. Being intentional, working together, we can ALL break down the barriers that separate us.
I’m so thankful we live in a community that gets it. From employers who open their doors, hiring our young adults for their strengths, to organizations that offer special needs sports, recreation, creative arts, and adult ministries, You Get It! We are truly blessed. As Morgan would say, “I LOVE This Place!”
Recently our community has added a couple of places that are Extra Inviting and Super Exciting! The first, Mary’s Magical Place, is a park that is accessible to ALL abilities and ages. Their mantra is “Make It Happen!” And Boy did they! 🙂
And PEER Place , a community based program, where our young adults can continue learning job, life, and social skills, empowering them to achieve their highest potential. We think these places ROCK! 🙂
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!