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Independence First, Inc.
October 7, 2010

For close to 30 years I was a Homemaker & Mother until one day my Husband announced He wanted a Divorce. I had learned to be Strong because of a disability I've had since my Childhood, I survived Polio, I learned the Ignorance of people for what they didn't understand because nothing had touched their lives in the same manner but when my Oldest son lost his hearing to Spinal Meningitis my protective side kicked in, but it wasn't until I had a severe Stroke that I became acquainted with Independence First. They took me from I can't to I Can through their vigilance and taught me that I was far more able then I thought that I was. I listened at first to too many saying to me, You can't do that anymore, I made a big mistake & bought into that thinking probably because it was easier & not as much of a challenge, It was easier to buy into passive thinking but I had the opportunity trainwith my Service Dog, Gambler, but I has to travel to California to make that happen. I mustered all my Yes I can's together and decided that Here are people who believe in me ,. Maybe I can do this, and you know what I did do it & I survived. a feeling of Joy came over me, My life hadn't passed me by, I just learned that U had to maybe do things a little different but I could Do it!! What a feeling of Joy & self worth it has given me to have people at Independence First BELIEVE IN ME, FROM THE Independent Living Coordinators TO THE DIRECTOR, they BELIEVED. Sometimes that's all you need, Someone to believe in you, to see your cap[abilities not just your challenges. I have grown immensely because of these people & would be willing to do anything for them.Yes Life is great because I have an army of believers on my side Yes they helped me to refined who I am & show me self Empowerment. Thank You Independence First I'll TAKE A BUS TO YOUR FACILITY ANYTIME EVEN THOUGH IT ONCE FRIGHTENED THE BEJEEBERS OUT OF ME. KEEP UP ALL OF THE Outstanding Work that you do You are Stellar in my book

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

Helping me to give myself permission to be who I needed to be, when no one else thought I could, Independence First knew that I could and they showed me how, They simply believed in me & that I do have a voice & that what I have to say does make different

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

The ability to see who I really am, They taught me to be O. K. with my disability and that we are all Amazingly capable if we choose to be, THANK YOU INDEPENDENCE FIRST

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

The Volunteers & staff always have a smile to share as well as a helping hand, Everyone I habve ever met with this organization is amazingly positive. They also believe in the work that they do, because they believe in the people that they help

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

Help in the fight for equality & Independence of peoples with disabilities. Maybe even develop some type of course that could be used in school systems to help children understand that a person with a disability is really amazingly capable they

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Finding Me!!!!.