Enhancing Services for Adults with Disabilities

Hi, I'm Danielle and I'm inviting you to celebrate my birthday with me from March 18th until April 26th! I am donating my birthday to Abode Respite, an organization who provides out of home respite services and community programming to adults with various abilities in the Windsor-Essex county district of Ontario. They currently operate as out of home respite services during the day and evening, and cater to each individual's need through person centered planning. They believe in quality over quantity, they understand the importance of independence and enhancing one's quality of life. Right now, Ontario as a province is struggling to meet the needs of people living with various disabilities. These issues are seen in funding from the government, a lack of services offered which leave families with very few choices when deciding where to seek additional help, and a lack of quality services. A program may look great on paper, but what a company does on a regular basis may not appear as great as it sounded when families are reevaluating and monitoring their loved ones mood, skill level, abilities, and overall quality of life. Abode aims to not only provide relief to families caring for their loved one well into adult hood, but is also committed to giving these people a loving and welcoming social circle of new friends. Abode is committed to inspiring people in all walks of life to be open to inclusion, acceptance and education. Abode sees value in integration, skill development, new experiences, and nurturing relationships with those they serve and support. Abode involves their people supported in program shopping, meal prep and cooking, physical activity and exercises, art activities, tasks and mind stimulating projects, communication, and getting out in the community. I've seen them at community dances, Tim Hortons, grocery stores, public parks, public swimming pools, hockey games, movies theatres, dance classes, fairs, talent shows and plays, and parades. They've hosted karaoke nights and games nights. They are open to working with community partners that will better their services and ability to support these individuals. Abode has been open for 2 years and continues to grow as they're moving forward. After attending Abode's program facility, interacting with some of the individuals when seeing them out in public, and having several in depth conversations with the team members, I believe that Abode Respite is a place I trust, a place I can support wholeheartedly, and a place that I can't wait to see thrive even more. The goal is to help them open their first active location for out of home respite services offering overnight services and programming to serve families in crisis, prevent burnout and improve the longevity of a family who wishes to keep their loved at home with them. This is a service desperately needed in Ontario, and I feel passionate enough, as an active professional in the field who also holds personal attachments to the matter, to take action in attempts to bridge this gap, starting in my hometown, at Abode Respite. Anything you can give helps; a donation, a share, positive thoughts. Any donation is abundantly appreciated! 100% of donations will be going directly back to Abode to get their first home location up and running as soon as possible. I, along with everyone involved at Abode, thanks you SO much, in advance, for the support you're giving! The individuals who will benefit from this are already winning with your help and support. Best. Birthday. Ever!!!!! Want to look into Abode Respite and learn more yourself? Watch our event promo video on youtube at the following link: https://youtu.be/JFqI0DuP85U Or, Check out their website on a device and at a time that's convenient for you! https://www.aboderespite.ca/


Danielle Ashley
Windsor, ON

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