Abilities First 2017 Annual Appeal


A fundraising campaign for Abilities First

Dear Community,

My name is Jessica. I am 32 years old and I am special, because I have 21 chromosomes. I like to do my part to contribute to my community andI hope you do too.
I have been part of the Abilities First family for over eleven years. I was excited to be named the 2017 Abilities First Participant of the Year. From working to volunteering, I have had so many opportunities that have helped me to achieve my growth in independence and the ability to move into my own apartment this past spring. I am so proud of myself, but know I couldn't
have done it without the help of everyone at Abilities First.
I want to help make a big difference in the lives of my friends. I would like to see them have the same resources that I have had, but they need your support, time, employment opportunities, and money to help make these things happen.
Join us by taking the PLEDGE, keeping us in your thoughts and hearts, and giving us the helping hand that we need. That would be a big help. Thank you from my heart. Truly!
Wishing you and your family a happy holiday!
Jessica Doering

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About the Organization

Abilities First, Inc.

Founded in 1962, Abilities First is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of the community, as well as those with developmental disabilities, from pre-school through adulthood. Abilities First has had a long-term commitment of providing a cohesive culture of compassion, empowerment and respect for people with a variety of disabilities through educational, vocational and habilitation services. It presently serves over 1,500 children and adults throughout the Hudson Valley region of New York State. AF is accredited for the person-centered care by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

Abilities First’s mission is to provide people with disabilities and their families support to attain independence, self-determination, integration and acceptance by others through education, exploration and experience.

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