Abilities United

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Education, Job Training, Human Services

Location: 525 east charleston road Palo Alto CA 94306 USA

Mission: Abilities United champions people with developmental and other disabilities and provides the training, education, and support they need to lead the lives they choose.
Results: Each year, we serve over 2,500 individuals and their families in our Children's Development, Family Support, Adult, and Aquatic services programs.
Target demographics: People of all ages who have a developmental or other disability. People of all ages without a disability but who can benefit from aquatic, early childhood development, adult independent skills and family support
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000
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EIN 94-1546643
650-494-0550
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the good fortune of working at Abilities United for 10 years. I have found Abilities United to be an inclusive, mature organization that values the individuality of each person it serves.

The staff of Abilities United are very caring and provide services with integrity, wisdom, creativity and compassion.

There is also a vision at Abilities United that strives to evolve and enhance current client services / programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting clients in: 1) Successful advocacy regarding eligibility / maintenance of benefits within the following programs: Regional Center; Social Security; MediCal / Medicare; Section 8 Housing. 2) Successful application / interview process re: US citizenship; securing meaningful paid & volunteer work 3) Addressing / monitoring significant health issues (i.e seizure conditions; sleep disorders; thyroid imbalances; dental problems; anxiety)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provision of supported living services

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked at Abilities United for the last 14 years and have found the entire journey both highly rewarding and personally satisfying. The core value of including people with developmental disabilities in all life has to offer is evident throughout the agency. I now number quite a few of the people I have met here among my close friends and colleagues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working here and helping to provide the services offered to those with developmental disabilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to increase the focus on financial stability through the implementation of additional revenue sources, including private social enterprise, planned giving and adding to our endowment fund.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The core value of treating all with respect and recognizing everyone's as having great worth to their community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

An outstanding agency serving people with developmental disabilities. They have a lot of different programs that help infants through adults. Great staff who really care . . . belief that everyone has value that they can add to their community. Great place to work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping a lot of people get jobs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their core belief that everyone can contribute meaningfully to their commnunity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All really great people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

invest most of it wisely so that the income from interest could help pay for the much needed services that are underfunded by the State of California and also use part of it to help restore, renovate its aging facilities.

Ways to make it better...

the funding was more reliable.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the State budget and its effect on the rates they are willing to pay.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have know about this agency since they were C.A.R. Community Association for Rehabilitation) and they do incredible work. Each time I have interacted with their staff they have been helpful, knowledgable and caring. They add quality of life to so many people and the services they provide are so important to those living with a physical or developmental challenge. I would recommend their services to everyone. They are changing lives for the better every day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the happy faces on their participants

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the process that is in place.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing what a difference they make in the lives of others

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful, knowledgable and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of even more people.

Ways to make it better...

I can't recommend anything different

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a need for more financial resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I can't recommend this organization enough. Their work is so valuable to our community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have know Abilities United since they were C.A.R. (Community Association of Rehabilitation). Their services are extraordinary. Every staff member I have come in contact with has been professional, caring and extremely helpful. This organization is helping so many people and changing so many lives. I would recommend their services to everyone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the happy faces of their participants

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the current process

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive attitude and helpfulness of staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful, knowledgable and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the perception of people with disabilities in an even grander way.

Ways to make it better...

wonderful as it is

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of resources and finances

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization is doing incredible work-thank you

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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