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Causes: Citizen Participation, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Education, Human Services, Special Education

Mission: My Possibilities is a college-like center of continued learning that will increase independence, enhance quality of life, and preserve dignity of adults with cognitive disabilities.

Results: My Possibilities has grown to serve over 350 adults with disabilities each week in our first seven years and have moved into our own facility. We continue to seek opportunities to expand and grow our services and programs for our HIPsters (Hugely Important People).

Target demographics: adults with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: Annually, My Possibilities serves over 350 individuals and their families.

Geographic areas served: North Texas

Programs: educational training in social skills, independent living skills, vocational skills as well as creative expression and personal health and wellness training.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 3

The best of the special needs day centers in the area. They have lots of good programming and try hard to train their staff well. It is very expensive, so they cater to the wealthy people from the Plano area rather than to families who are less well-to-do. In addition to the fees for the day programming, there are lots of extras costs each time there is an off-site activity. They have a good art program and music program (but again can be expensive if you want to do the lessons). The work preparation program is OK, but not very flexible to meet the needs of different types of people, so many cannot benefit from it. They have really grown almost too fast, so there are times that there is insufficient supervision while they are so busy providing good programming that they forget about some of the basics. You really cannot do any better in this area despite the flaws in this program. Most programs in this area would not get a meets expectations rating.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These guys are providing a stellar education to the special needs community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Possibilities is a place where adults with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to create friendships and lead a productive and interactive lifestyle in their community. The staff is friendly, respectful and supportive of each Hipster (Hugely Important Person). The opportunities for vocational and recreational activities are endless due to the caring and creative staff. The atmosphere is geared towards keeping the HIPsters safe and comfortable. The staff is very accessible and respond quickly to any HIPster or guardian concern.

MP is amazing and continues to grow and support our loving HIPsters.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Possibilities is a day program providing adults with cognitive disabilities a rich curriculium of life skills, creative expression and job training. The leadership and staff are the very best in the metroplex. Each time I volunteer there, I leave with a smile and a joy beyond words.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love having the opportunity to be involved with such a wonderful organization. The staff and volunteers are all dedicated to enriching the lives of the HIPsters and they do an amazing job.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Possibilities is a great place for adults with special needs and it's also a really fun place to volunteer!

1 Jenny101

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about My Possibilities through a business connection. I work for a local engineering/manufacturing company that is highly active in the local community. About a year ago, we were looking for local organizations to partner with. After my first visit to MP, I was hooked!! There are not a lot of places where you experience total love and acceptance like there is at MP. The HIPsters (Highly Important People) are about the most joyful crew to be around. That day after my first visit, I left with a skip in my step and quickly relayed my experience to my company. Now, they are all hooked too! Since our first company volunteer day creating learning visuals, the number of employees signing up to participate at MP, has grown substantially. We now are on a monthly routine volunteering at MP. I cannot express enough how creative, amazing, and needed this program is to our community. Adults with special needs are often cast aside after they leave high school. This program keeps them active, learning, and growing in so many amazing ways! Such talent cannot be matched. Thank you MP for all that you do each day for the beloved HIPsters. What an honor it is to be apart of the MP journey!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of MP through my employer when we visited for a volunteer event in 2014. Over the past 2 years I have witnessed the exponential growth of My Possibilities. The staff is committed to the relentless pursuit of the HIPsters (Hugely Important People) untapped potential. What is even more exciting is that My Possibilities is just getting started! I am excited for their plan to build a campus that will allow them to serve even more HIPsters as well as the surrounding community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed at the love of and devotion to this program and the HIPsters, of the staff that I see each week. The environment here is safe, encouraging and fun. I see HIPsters of varying abilities, helping each other and reveling in their accomplishments. Large and Small. I feel privileged to be a part of the My Possibilities family and encourage others to add their support to this great organization.

Former staff

Rating: 5

MP is such a great day habilitation facility for adults with special needs! They offer a wide range of programs, from music to vocational! Highly recommend!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Possibilities is our favorite nonprofit.

The time, care, and most importantly love, they show the HIPsters blows us away evrytime we stop by for a visit.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a Board Member and strong Supporter of My Possibilities for the past two years. I knew about it from involved parents before that, but it took being a part of the inner workings of the organization to really appreciate everything they do for developmentally challenged adults! Now that I've seen for myself all of their wonderful programs and how they impact the lives of this segment of the population, I am so proud to be a part of the organization. They are a caring, dedicated, well organized and efficiently run organization that fills a growing need within the Plano and Dallas community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MP truly is all about being a family, and looking at what HIPsters CAN DO! Not what they can't, everyone here shows friendship, and most importantly LOVE! I truly believe God has used the staff to share his love, passion, faith to make MP an experience you will never forget no matter what your involved with!

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.
Jamie-MP Cheer Coach!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My possibilities is a phenomenal organization!!! They really care about the "Hipsters" and gear all of their programs to helping them learn how to handle the basics of everyday life. Things that all of us take for granite in our everyday living. I have never seen a program like this!! This is not a place that babysits people with cognitive learning disabilities. They bring out the best in each and everyone of their hipsters!! It is a community that inspires each and everyone of them to be the best they can be!! I am so impressed and love volunteering there when I can!!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently found My Possibilities and I am honored to be able to enhance their mission. If you are looking for a meaning organization who serves individuals with cognitive disabilities and provides a trademarked continued educational framework, this is the place to be! The HIPsters (Hugely Important People) are treated with dignity, the professional and well educated instructors are extremely passionate, the staff and Board of Directors are highly engaged and encourage innovation. If you are searching for a sustainable organization to place a special gift that will make transformational change, please consider My Possibilities.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with My Possibilities since 2009, and a Board member since 2012. I can honestly say that My Possibilities is a great organization, run by great people, with a great mission. The HIPsters (Hugely Important People) at My Possibilities are always at the center of every decision made and action taken - and the results show! The happiness and growth of each and every HIPster is truly amazing to see!

I can't overstate my pride and excitement to be involved with such a wonderful nonprofit.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at MP constantly goes above and beyond to ensure their quality of service maintains its excellence.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Possibilities serves to develop adults with special needs. Their staff and volunteers have the heart and creativity to make an amazing organization that is more like a great school campus. MP develops the hearts, minds and bodies of their clients. The quality people of MP draw a lot of support from the community and many volunteers. They are a "can-do" organization... whatever they can dream, they can make it happen.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Special Education teacher working with students who have cognitive disabilities I always worried about the graduating students having a good quality of life while maintaining dignity and being recognized for their giftedness. My Possibilities offers this opportunity by providing continuing education and participation in the community in a meaningful way. The Creative Arts program has helped to develop the HIPsters artistic, music and acting abilities. The Achieve Program offers instruction to increase vocational, social, independent living, and leadership skills. My Possibilities disproves the myth that people with disabilities "plateau" and cease to learn. These adults are constantly learning and are an inspiration to "typically developing" adults!

2 Brittany33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you hear the words "My Possibilities", what kind of vibes pop into your head? Personally, I envision a beautiful, steadfast horizon. Well, this non-profit is just that! I have been absolutely blessed over the past 6 months of simply volunteering in any way I can be of help towards our HIPsters (Hugely Important People). I have not only built relationships with the staff and HIPsters, I have established a second home for myself.

I could go on and on about MP; but to sum up my thoughts: this organization has no limits, no timelines and no standards set for the individual differences and capabilities across the board of our unique and extremely driven HIPsters. From yoga classes, bible study, karaoke, daily living strategies and household chores, computer labs, educational classroom settings, comic club, art room, speech therapy and behavioral counseling, MP University education, cooking classes and a MP Culinary crew- to name a few ;-) - to a beautiful respite home, weekly outings to places like museums, comic con, the Dallas Aquarium, movie theaters, fancy car dealerships....the list goes on for days! Like I said earlier: NO limits, NO timelines, NO standards.

MP has an open heart and open door for any post high school adult with a disability that is not afforded the chance for continued education.

The horizon never ceases, nor do the possibilities

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the first of many to come events with My Possibilities was absolutely exhilarating.

I had the opportunity of being a University of Texas @ Dallas student volunteer for the 2015 Community Ball event at the Intercontinental Hotel of Dallas in Addison, TX on April 17, 2015. The first event I was awarded the chance of being a part of was the only convincing it took for me to have the urge to continue volunteering.

The MP staff, program, and of course the HIPsters are what makes this organization the one and only in the area. If this program does not intrigue your curiousity, nothing else will.