We serve the "people-based," often hidden community of people affected by disability in the metropolitan NYC area. Nearly 22 million people live within a
In the last U.S. census, 19% (nearly 1 in 5) Americans said they had a disability. A disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities. These disabilities include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, PTSD, depression, deficits in speech, hearing & vision, spinal cord injuries (quadriplegia & paraplegia), brain injuries, dementia,
We estimate that about 4.4 million people (1 in 5) in Metro NYC have a disability. The physical disabilities are initially more obvious, while the mental ones are not as clear to see. We seek to serve both types.
We bring people, faith communities, not-for-profit agencies, businesses, schools and other groups together to create and develop spaces, opportunities and programs so that individuals and families affected by disability will thrive in body, mind and spirit. We desire to see people thriving through strong friendships and community, educational and training opportunities, meaningful work, regular respite for caregivers, and support and empathy for neurotypical siblings.
We want to see families strengthened and supported, rather than breaking up because of the challenge of a child with
We want to see more faith communities engaged in service and ministry to families with