Toledo Community Foundation’s Stranahan Supporting Organization Awards Grant To The Ability Center

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The Ability Center


Toledo Community Foundation’s Stranahan

Supporting Organization Awards Grant to The Ability Center

SYLVANIA, OHIO, December 11, 2017 -The Board of Trustees of the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation approved a grant to The Ability Center in the amount of $20,000. These funds were used to support one assistance dog sponsorship through The Ability Center’s Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence Program (ADAI). Costs covered include veterinary bills, training, food, and equipment expenses. The mission of ADAI is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs.

Katie Shelley, recipient of Petunia, shares, “I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for making it possible for my assistance dog, Petunia, to become a part of my life. Not only is Petunia invaluable in assisting me with daily activities, helping me to live a more independent life, but she has also become my best friend. I cannot imagine life without her now. I am truly grateful for the part the Stranahan Foundation has played in ensuring Petunia’s success, and thus changing my life for the better.”

About the Toledo Community Foundation: Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 685 funds with assets of approximately $227 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information on the Foundation, visit the organization’s website at or follow them on Facebook.

About The Ability Center: The Ability Center of Greater Toledo is a non-profit Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving northwest Ohio. The Ability Center believes in and supports equitable and inclusive communities for people living with disabilities. The Ability Center serves the seven counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Williams and Wood. The mission of The Ability Center is to assist people with disabilities to live, work, and socialize within a fully accessible community.

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