Abilities Services, Inc. assists people with disabilities, or similar disadvantages, with living and working in their local communities. Our goal is to help individuals with developmental disabilities, our consumers, achieve their highest potential and enjoy life where they live, learn, work, and play.
In early September we received a most welcome phone call. A gentleman, who requested to remain anonymous, was calling to inform us that he would like to donate a car to Abilities Services and to our consumers. The generous donation was significant in both size and impact; vehicles play a key role in quality of life for our consumers.
We commit a large amount of time and resources to keep our consumers engaged in a variety of activities, both in our facilities through our Day Services Program and in the local community through our Supported Living and Residential Programs. We schedule daily outings for our consumers and provide round-trip transportation for medical appointments, jobs, and volunteer opportunities across the community. ASI staff frequently use their personal vehicles to provide this service when agency-owned vehicles are not available. Unfortunately, staff vehicles are often unreliable and are not always available when needed, which can limit opportunities for consumers to get out and about. This hampers consumers’ ability to participate in programming and engage in Montgomery County.
The donated vehicle will be used to improve staff and consumer flexibility, and to provide more opportunities to get our consumers and staff out into the community. It will allow our consumers to have more meaningful and active days out, and more flexible schedules for medical appointments, jobs, and the like. The generous donation will allow Abilities Services, Inc. to provide more reliable transportation to and from Adult Day Services, Employment Services, Home by Choice, Protective Services, Recreation, Recreational Therapy, Residential Services, and Supported Living. It will have a direct and significant impact on the lives of our consumers, and we could not be more grateful for the support.
Donations are essential to the success of our mission, and the mission of other non-profits supporting people with disabilities. While the State of Indiana provides significant funding for the care of people with disabilities, these funds are often insufficient in covering costs that improve the quality of life for our consumers.
As a non-profit organization, ASI is always appreciative of donations that assist us in delivering the highest quality of care. Donations contribute to effectively managing our programs and services. They also fund activities such as birthday parties for our consumers, summer barbeques, and other special occasions for our consumers.
Monetary contributions can be designated for special projects or events at the donor’s discretion. Abilities Services can also make use of items that many people discard, such as furniture, household and hygiene supplies, and equipment (such as cooking supplies) for our Day Services Programs. If you would like to donate to Abilities Services, please visit asipages.com. If you are interested in learning more about the direct impact of potential donations to the lives of our consumers, please contact Michelle Leonard-Smith at Michelle.Smith@asipages.com.