Traditionally held in Newburgh for the past five years, our 6th annual Friends of Independence fundraising breakfast was held in Middletown this October at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club. The event was organized around the theme of “Abilities – Access – Achievement” and more than 125 friends and supporters attended. The annual breakfast serves as an opportunity to raise community awareness regarding disability issues and the work that Independent Living, Inc. is doing to address the barriers encountered by people with disabilities of all ages that prevent their full participation at work, school and in the community.
This year, Jo’Van, a participant in our Young Adult Outreach Program spoke about how the opportunity to serve on the Young Adult Advisory Board has changed his outlook and made a difference in his life. Attendees also heard a moving presentation by Doug who lives in his own apartment and values the ability to make decisions and exercise control over how, when and by whom he receives services through our OPTIONS Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program.
The annual breakfast event is one of Independent Living’s most important resources for unrestricted revenue that allows us to cover the costs of programs and services that would otherwise be unavailable due to limited public funding. Executive Director, Doug Hovey, spoke of the many achievements by and on behalf of individuals with disabilities in spite the economic challenges, and expressed appreciation for the ongoing financial support from loyal donors who attended this year’s breakfast as well as those who have previously made multi-year pledges.
Special thanks to our sponsors for their generous support: D&D Mailing Services, Empire State Bank, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, McGowan Art Works, ND Pro Media, and Ulster Savings Bank.