I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
One of my early blogs talked about a dream that my wife and I have for individuals with developmental disabilities. We look to highlight their abilities, not their disabilities.
This dream included having all doctor, dentist and therapy offices in one location. We wanted to teach the arts, theater, ballet, music (from classical to rap and everything in between). We wanted to have room for life skills classes (finance, computers, cooking). We wanted to have a banquet facility to teach everything about the food industry, from cooking to prep work, From dish washing to serving the tables. 50% of the work force would have a disability.
My wife and I have been reaquanted with an individual who has a similiar dream. Mary Rose Accetturo of Clare Oasis http://clare-oasis.org/ is this woman. The website is still a work in progress as we move forward.
The main difference is that she is focusing her efforts at youth, especially at-risk youth. But Mary Rose has a lot of the same dreams. She wants to have a building where a group of non-profits, as well as for profit businesses can come to together and share resources. The groups can work together in an effort to spend their money more wisely. They could make one large office supply order and share the discount is just one example.
Mary Rose is further along in the process than we were, we were still dreaming. I am working with Mary Rose in helping to start a capital campaign to secure funds to purchase some property and make this dream become a reality. Together we believe that this can happen sooner rather than later.
If you would like more information or would like to be a part of our dream, please contact Mary Rose at Clare or you can send me a message.