Support Building Block Investment Opportunities
You might choose instead or in addition, to contribute to a particular aspect of our work with children, adolescents and adults with complex needs. Our specific programs for children and adults are described below:
In our In our experience, a sit down with a member of our senior team can be useful in helping prospective donors like you discover if Abbott House is a fit for what you would like to accomplish in the world. And to determine particular ways you would like to contribute to the future of our children, adolescents and adults with complex needs.
We’re eager to listen to your own ideas to support our work and their futures.
Building Block Investment Opportunities
Work & Career Bound and Finding Home
On one hand, work is important to our sense of wellbeing. It provides the satisfaction of usefulness and contribution to others. On the other, it is a practical building block to a successful future. Our “Work and Career Bound” program starts early, with intervention strategies and activities that begin in the elementary years. Together with our other workforce and education partners, we create a developmental program for each child to close their academic gaps, and bring the possibility of college or vocational preparedness realistically onto their horizon. Internship, volunteerism, apprenticeship and summer jobs are central to the later program experience of each child. But without successful early intervention, the trajectory of what’s possible for our children and adolescents will be dramatically different.
We cherish family and home in our lives. For many of us, the process of learning how to fit into our families was instinctive and natural. Our adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a drive toward family and home just as innate as ours. Yet they don’t always have the skills and experiences necessary to be able to adapt to the intimate setting of a group home. Once established, they become deeply invested in the family of their caregivers and housemates. Your contribution will go to support the bundle of in-home programs we have for bridging the gap between the desire and ability of our adults to live in ‘family’, in one of our group homes.
Crucial to the education of our children and adolescents is the kind of ongoing cultural exposure and life experience that might seem commonplace to the rest of us. Our cultural literacy program provides exposure and experience that expands their vocabulary. It builds a reservoir of knowledge, critical thinking and development of soft skills that will allow them to assimilate and make choices about their future.
Life expands or contracts with the vividness of one’s imagination and richness of one’s experience. For a number of reasons, adults with complex needs can often be deprived of the opportunity to stretch their imaginations and expand the bounds of their experiences. The building blocks of our Cultural Literacy program aim to create exposure and experience to enlarge the canvas of their lives, and what they imagine to be within their grasp.
Our children and adolescents are often plagued by unspeakable trauma visited upon them by their family and community environments. To find their way forward, they need to be re-oriented to community as a place of safety and belonging, and an abiding resource in their lives. We have community participation programs where, together with Abbott House community partners, our children and adolescents have opportunity to come together with peers to participate in a variety of community-based programs and settings.
Many of us take for granted that we’re part of a community, with friends, acquaintances, and places of work that provide nourishment in our daily lives. We acquire with relative ease, the basic social skills to navigate these environments, a natural toolkit we use to help us find and know our place in the world.
As with creating a place for themselves in a group home, our adults with intellectual and developmental disability have a gap between an innate desire to belong and knowing how to go about making that happen. For them, finding a sense of place in community is a complex, arduous undertaking. Your investment in our adult program can be directed to a host of activities and programs, including employment and apprentice programs that we provide to build the experience, interpersonal skills, and ‘community vocabulary’ of our adults.
Wellness Restoration and Foundations
Our children and adolescents with complex needs are on the front lines of the food insecurity and food deserts we see covered daily in the media. It’s a part of their environmental trauma and learned behaviors that pose an immediate threat to the vitality of their future lives. Part of our work is to restore a greater measure of balance to their state of health, and then construct habits around nutrition and activity that they can sustain into their futures.
Movement, nutrition and counseling are the building blocks of basic wellness and longevity for any adult with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. In our work, teams of professionals develop individualized plans for every adult in our care. It results in a daily-individualized program of physical, emotional and nutritional wellness, as well as social interaction with peers. Your investment can be directed to this host of activities that directly improve and build habits around the wellness of our adults with complex needs.