Ethels Tree Of Life Inc

Rating: 4.72 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Disabilities, Human Services

Location: c/o 115 Bartlett Road Kittery Point ME 03905 USA

Mission: The mission of ETL is to provide transitional training in life and work skills for youth of 14 up to young adults of 25 who live with disabilities and/or special needs.
Geographic areas served: Southern York County ME and Seacoast NH
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 11-3674348
207 704 0265
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Rating: 5 stars  

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Ethel's Tree of Life has been a prominent part of my son's life for the past 3 years. Originally, I thought it would be a great social outlet for him as he has autism and his social skills are at a much lower level than his peers...I was wrong!!!! ETL is a group of peers who support and learn with and from each other under the guidance of some spectacular volunteers and one incredibly dedicated lady. The 8-week modules are broken down so that these students with disabilities can learn from the very basic to the finished product in genres such as food/nutrition, job search/career paths, as well as finding your way around a city and trying new things. When these students get together, they smile more, communicate better, and become a participatory part of our society.

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ETL has proved to be an excellent resource for youth with special needs. I have found the director, Linda Higgins, to be willing to collaborate on individual cases and to be willing to provide services that support youth who, despite an obvious need for support in developing occupational and independent living skills, are typically unable to access intensive case management and employment support services provided by public entities because their disabilities are deemed too mild to require such services. ETL is a valuable resource forSeacoast youth who are working to develop independent living skills and overcome barriers to employment.

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

helping a student with a disability gain valuable work experience.

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

make it more geographically accessible to Portsmouth residents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was pleased to accompany my client to ETL. The environment helped her to grow in ways I many never have been able to do alone. My client was confident enough to talk to business owners, make suggestions and make decisions which doesn't come easy to her.

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

watching teens gain confidence, make great close friendships, discover themselves and have the future's door opened to them.

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

Centeralize their location.

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

Seeing kids learn about their possible futures in an environment that is nonjudgemental and close to their own experience.

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

Kind, helpful, with dissabilities of their own or able to relate to the kids they were helping.

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

move to the area of greatest need. Pay their current volunteers and expand to help many more kids.

Ways to make it better...

the location was local

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I wish for Ethels Tree of Life to continue their great work.

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