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
Academic & Career Support
On one hand, work is important to our sense of well-being. It provides the satisfaction of usefulness and contribution to others. On the other, it is a practical building block to a successful future. Academic and Career Support 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.
Cultural & Community Enrichment
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.
Keeping Families Together
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.
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.
Playground and Recreational Areas
Each year, Abbott House provides care to nearly 2,500 children, families and individuals, including support for children in foster care and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Abbott House is unique because those we serve are an exceptionally high-risk group. They are often traumatized and need intensive support services to regain control of their lives. At Abbott House, we believe passionately that every child, family and individual we serve can heal and thrive if they are given the environment to do so.
For this reason, Abbott House is passionate about providing the best facilities possible to do just that. Our outdoor facilities include a playground, basketball court and soccer field where every child can enjoy the joy of play and time outside and families can learn to rebuild their bonds. Our indoor facilities include family visiting spaces where families learn parenting skills, and work to repair the trust and relationship with their children as well as our residences for children or adults with developmental disabilities that provides the safety, comfort and dignity of a home.
Our goal is to provide the best environment and staff so that the children, families and individuals have the resources they need to overcome trauma and thrive.