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Review for Developmental Disabilities Service Organization, Sacramento, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing on behalf of my sister, Sarah. She is unable to speak or write, but despite this, I am 100% positive that she could convince you how much she loves her day program, Adult Development Center (ADC for short). Sarah has a unique method of communication and without a doubt, makes her feelings known. Sarah has been a client since November 1996. Five days a week she is lucky to be able to leave her home and go to a place where she is loved, where she has friends and where she is safe. The world is not always a kind place and I often fret about my sister and her well being, but when she is at ADC, I am completely at ease, knowing that the people who care for her, the staff and her dear friends at the program, will always keep her best interest in mind. The biggest peace of mind I have is that I know if anything is wrong with my sister, even the tiniest concern, ADC staff will reach out to me to make sure I am aware. I am free to drop by at any time, unannounced (which I do) and I am sure to be greeted by happy clients, busy with projects and never ignored. ADC can be relied upon to keep their clients challenged, stimulated and most of all, happy. My sister loves her day program and not a day goes by that she doesn't eagerly get on the bus and is excited about spending another day with her other family. ADC is an amazing place. They do remarkable things with very limited resources. It is not just a program, it really is a family. I recently gave my sister a 50th birthday party. Nearly every staff member from ADC came to celebrate with us,along with Sarah's other friends in the program. The staff at ADC truly care about their clients, above and beyond what is necessary or expected. I cannot say enough about the beauty of their services and I cannot imagine the void there would be for Sarah if she did not have this joy in her life.

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

seeing my sister, Sarah, thrive. She is severely disabled, but despite this, she feels a part of something and valuable, important..wanted. For this I am eternally grateful.

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

amazing..real people who don't make very much money, dedicated to caring and loving folks with some rather severe developmental disabilities who might not otherwise get an opportunity to interact in the community.

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

Have a food program that would allow clients an opportunity to shop, learn to develop personal skills in the kitchen, as well as ensuring all clients could enjoy a hot cooked meal daily. Art teacher, physical therapist, speech therapist...I could go on..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & My sister is a client, I interact regularly and donate money to help the program continue to provide services.