Our Next Steps Summer Program for high school students with disabilities expanded the number of participants, enhanced program capabilities, and welcomed new partners to support the employment piece of the program.
Notable events included Dealin’ for Dogs held at Owens Community College in January, emceed by 13abc’s Lissa Guyton. Flowers were sold at our wildly successful Petals for a Purpose sale in May that supported our Life Skills Program. We felt the love from our Auxiliary who put on their annual Style Show, raising $29,000 to benefit the programs of The Ability Center.
Advocacy efforts of The Ability Center and other local agencies initiated the addition of a TARTA bus stop at the Franklin Park Mall, securing better access for people with disabilities.
We’ve welcomed more fosters to our already strong volunteer family. Our program works with 168 volunteers.
These passionate individuals provide valuable assistance wherever it is needed. Along with our amazing team of volunteers, Gus Harrison Correctional Facility now has a training program for our dogs.
A powerful partnership was built between The Ability Center’s Home Accessibility Program and Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity. This new initiative will ensure that every house built by Habitat for Humanity will feature universal design elements, making every home accessible for all.
The program celebrated a milestone this year serving over 800 consumers since it began in 2002. ACT staff provides the supports and resources needed for individuals living in institutional settings to return to community-based living arrangements.