Mission: A.B.L.E. Families was founded in 1995 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wheeling, WV. Its mission is to confront the systemic causes of poverty by supporting families as they make positive changes in their lives.
Our philosophy is embedded in our name. The 'ABLE' is an acronym. We AFFIRM the dignity of each individual; we BELIEVE in the uniqueness and talents of everyone; we hold LEARNING as the key to new skills; we EMPOWER people to create a better future for themselves and their community.
All are welcome to use our services. We offer a place and a time for people to come together to sit, talk, plan, and get involved in making community-wide change.
Target demographics: Low-income families in Mingo County, West Virginia
Programs: Afterschool, adult education (GED test prep), summer camps, in-home education for maternal and infant health, nutrition education
I have supported ABLE Families for about four years and have had the opportunity to meet the leaders and some of the children they help. It is a faith-based charity that makes its services available to all, making a real difference to poor families. ABLE Families integrates the efforts of several programs, and they faithfully direct targeted gifts to the intended recipients. The fundraising costs appear to be minimal, so nearly all funds go to the needy. The newsletter is excellent. This is one charity anyone can support with confidence.