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ReAbility: A Brand New Disability Research Tool
today’s technological world are still confused on where to go for information to help them support and love their disabled friend/family member. Sometimes even getting a diagnosis is a struggle. This is where ReAbility comes in!
A Father, To Researcher, To Advocate.Meet Chris Myers, a Father of Four, Writer, and Marketing Professor at the University of Memphis. Myers’ son Taylor lives with special needs, ever since he was born in 1992. Try to remember what it was like to live in 1992! Walkmans, Baggy Jeans and Grunge Music were all the rage. But the internet was fundamentally non-existent. Once Taylor was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and autism, he a least had a starting point. This was a huge undertaking for Myers. The library was any persons’ logical first step. Myers took to the book and tried to learn anything to help find an accessible life for his boy Taylor, and a more educated life their family. After a few years of raising Taylor, Myers’ wife encouraged him to be an advocate for people like Taylor, living with debilitating disabilities. What would follow for The new father would send him to help spread the word to committees and organizations.
A Light Bulb Goes Off!In 2010, Chris Myers had the flash of an idea. He thought, “If only there were an internet search engine for parents of children with special needs!”. At that moment, ReAbility was born. Fast forward to the present year of 2020. Wouldn’t you think there is a resource tool for parents or family members to guide their loved one(s) through their life? Don’t go looking for a website, we’re sad to say there are none. Lifeplan was his first idea. He wanted it to be a place where people could come to find information to make it easier for parents, caregivers, etc. Myers conceived a place to easily find answers and information to make their lives and the lives of the special needs better. He started work in 2014, but was unimpressed with the lack of user-friendliness on the website presented to him.
Dreamscape, the Charity Hero.Come 2019, the Father of Four stumble upons a 501c3 nonprofit based in Naples Florida. With similar mission statements, we easily and happily saw common ground. With the website launching on July 6th, 2020 we continue to grow our database and knowledge for this undertaking. Starting within the limits of Memphis, Tennessee (Myers’ Home Location), we hope to reach nationwide status in the near future! We reached out to Chris Myers for a status update:
Things have been going pretty well, I’ve had a few interviews so far and I’m actually having an article go live today with an online site that reaches over 15,000 people right in the Memphis area. I also have an upcoming interview with a technology company that wants to help promote and spread the word. The whole point of launching now is we are living in such uncertain times, having some light and good come out into the world is exactly what we need. Wherever you are, whatever you do, you probably have some connection with someone who has special needs. The only reason this exists is because of the help of Dreamscape and ISKPRO and our willingness to try and give us a chance.If you’re located outside of the Memphis TN area, we understand! You can still test drive our website here. We will continue to better the website and improve upon the database of knowledge every single day! « PreviousNext »
Habitat For Humanity: A Helping Hand in every Community
What it’s all about“What I enjoy most is the team I work with. They all are there to help and they want to be there. Everybody is great to each other and helps out, plus they are all passionate about the cause” Recently, Dreamscape had the pleasure of speaking with Jessica Grybek, the Marketing Coordinator at the Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. Jessica has been with them for 3 years and is loving every minute of it. She was able to give us some insight on what their organization is all about. This particular location was founded in 1978 and, is actually in a tie for the oldest of Habitat Humanity. Their main focus is to create a world where every person has a decent place to live. Habitat For Humanity offers a home ownership program, along with building homes, renovations, and pairing with families to make sure they have a pathway for affordable housing and home ownership. I would agree with you that this organization is quite wonderful, but how do they pull it off? By not doing it alone, of course! From partnering with donors, to hard working volunteers it takes a whole team to get the job done! Our local location of Collier County builds in Naples and Immokalee. With having such a great team of people behind them they were able to recently celebrate their 2,200th home this year! That is such an incredible win and I can’t believe the impact they’ve made in just this community alone.
Okay, now I’m interested!Are you someone who is struggling with finding a safe and secure home, or simply just somewhere warm to lay your head at night? Please, don’t be afraid, they can help! We asked what the best way to apply is and she advised for people to go directly to the local office. During the time you’re there, they will do a quick pre-qualification interview. She recommends this because their application is so extensive that they will meet with you first to make sure you will qualify. This part of the process is easy and will typically only take 15-30 minutes. Once you pass the prerequisites, they will continue to help you along to the application process. If you do not qualify… no worries! They will still work with you to them get things in order and be a constant resource for you. I have even included the link to the families and communities prequalifying flyer. Currently they don’t have any events coming up. Their primary focus is on the personal relationships with their volunteers and donors. As a successful nonprofit they are always in need of resources and a helping hand. Right now their biggest need is volunteers to help with the job sites. As for the stores, their biggest sellers are appliances, varying from kitchen items and bedroom sets, to washer and dryers. If you are in need or if you are interested in lending your time, Habitat For Humanity is just one click away. « PreviousNext »
Good360: The Charity That Never Stops Giving
The MissionGood360 is a product philanthropy, partner based nonprofit organization. This means they work with large and responsible companies to donate their excess merchandise to charities or other nonprofits. They then partner with the charities and nonprofits to help them receive goods for their specific needs. Their mission is to help people, whether it be individuals, families, or a community, who are impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances. By providing nonprofits with the goods they need, they can free up their resources to spend on more important aspects of their organization including programs and events. Good360 views the products as more than just stuff, to them it could be providing a bed to a child for a much-needed good night’s rest. Or even something as little as a pair of soccer cleats to help someone pursue their passion confidently. They have a 35-year track record and have distributed more than $9 billion worth of products. Currently their organization has 400+ corporate donors and 800,000+ nonprofit members. By doing this they are able to give old products new life and reducing waste by keeping it all out of landfills. The hard workers of Good360 take pride in not only the product donations, but in their help with disaster recovery. In the first few days of a disaster they will be there for people who have been displaced from their homes. They could supply them with products including toiletries, socks, diapers for babies, toys, games, and snacks for kids. When it comes to clean up, Good360 will partner with other organizations to help provide various cleaning supplies to help with things such as the debris and mold. After the cleaning is complete, they will then work on getting donations of the reconstruction materials needed. These materials could be something as small as paint or as large as kitchen appliances. This is extremely important to them because it’s helping people get their homes and lives back. The best part about their disaster recovery is that even years after the impact, they will still be there to help people with things like mattresses, furniture and other home goods.
But wait, there’s more!This organization even has a blog to discuss all of the wonderful nonprofits and donors they work with. A lot of their blogs will include information on how the programs have given back to the community. Their articles talk about a variety of different things. Some of them will have information on current or previous disaster relief and even articles about how they have helped women dress for success! You might even get a little emotional when reading their impact stories and true testimonies from the numerous lives they have helped and transformed. Not only do they have a great amount of pride and value in themselves but also in their partnerships. They are constantly talking highly of all the people they work with and this shows even when only reading one of their articles. Dreamscape has recently had the pleasure of starting a partnership with Good360. We started in mid-July of this year, and we have been more than impressed. They have made it easy on us start to finish. The employees listened to what we needed and walked us through to make sure everything smooth and accordingly. We have had the pleasure of starting with two donors and they have yet to disappoint. This program has been a tremendous asset to our organization. We are supplied the goods and products that we need and give back to the community what we don’t. This program has also been extremely beneficial for us to partner with other nonprofits in our community. Anything that we don’t need or can’t use, we reach out to other local charities to see if we can donate to them. This is such a great asset for everyone because it helps us with creating relationships with other local nonprofits and it helps them get a donation of things, they need but don’t typically get. Aside from the products that Good360 has helped provide us, this has helped us with saving resources to use on other important things within our charity. For example, being able to receive the donated products this has made us be able to save and use our finances towards other things such as the prizes we give away during a fundraiser event. Now, I know you’re probably thinking that this is a scam because there can’t possibly be a nonprofit organization out there that does all of this. But, I’m here to tell you that this is not a scam and it is true. When we first heard about Good360 and all of the great things they do we were a little skeptical at first, but we cast our worries aside and gave them a try and now we are more than pleased with the outstanding partnerships we have developed. The best part is whether you’re looking to receive products as a nonprofit, a person who is struggling, or a business who wants to donate their surplus of goods, Good360 has a valuable place for you. « PreviousNext »
Friends of Foster Children Forever
Friends of Foster Children Forever (FFCF), to learn what it truly is all about.
The mission behind it allThe Friends of Foster Children Forever is a local non-profit organization in the Southwest Florida area. They strive to help children all across the area to succeed in life. The organization provides a variety of tools and programs, from supplies to summer camps, but their largest is the Academic Mentoring Program. This is extremely important to them because being prepared academically, will set a child on the right course to success. This mentor program helps the children get excited for school and makes them hopeful for their futures. Aside from the mentorships, they provide after-school programs such as dance, and various sports. They also provide professional tutoring for children who are having a hard time in school or with certain subjects. These tutors will continuously work with them regardless of switching from home to home or school to school.
Behind the scenesThere are a lot of great things provided, but what does it take for this organization to successfully help? Well, the community around them of course! Aside from the wonderful employees, the volunteers are a huge asset. From mentors to running summer camps, FFCF is always looking for help from their local community. On top of providing your time, all donations are welcome and extremely helpful as well. The donations help pay for the professional academic tutors, field trips for the kids, and supplies needed to help. In addition to donations, they hold fundraisers including this years back to school drive, being their most successful one yet! This year, more nonprofits and groups participated than ever before. They were able to distribute 150 backpacks, with 500 still left to give. On top of the backpacks they were able to provide uniforms for children whose school does not supply them. The organization is always prepared by providing an emergency backpack for the children who are taken from a home in an emergency or short notice. These emergency backpacks include, clothes, pajamas, blankets, tooth brush/tooth paste, and a stuffed animal or toy.
Upcoming eventsIncluding everything they provide, the FFCF also encourages field trips for the children. They have different trips based on age groups. For the elementary school kids they will take them to Legoland, and for the high school kids they will take them to Busch Gardens. These field trips allow the children to have an outlet by spending time focused on fun and excitement rather than the stress they undergo on a daily basis. Also, during Christmas time, the organization does a gift giving. What this entails is, they will pair the children up with a volunteer and they go to pick out gifts for their family from Walmart. Then later in the year, for the caregivers/guardians they will take them to pick out toys and gifts based on what their child likes. During the holidays they provide wrapping paper, and on December 21st, they will be holding a Holiday Toy Fair.
Hope for the FutureWe asked Ann what her favorite part of working for the organization was and this is what she told us. “It gives foster children hope for a better future, they start with kids when they are infants and will follow them into their 20’s in some cases.” This is extremely important for a child as they grow because it provides comfort and stability to have people who will continue to work with them regardless of how much they move around. By providing that stability, the children have a better opportunity in having a wonder and successful future. Anything helps, even if its just your time. So, if you are interested in foster care, volunteering, or donating to the Friend of Foster Children Forever please click on the link below and follow their website. « PreviousNext »
Youth Haven: Offering Shelter for Today and Hope for Tomorrow
Not everyone grows up with a fair shake. Anywhere—even in Southwest Florida—families can hit tumultuous times and children can fall victim to trauma or abuse. Thankfully, there are organizations like Youth Haven, an emergency residential shelter for children ages 6 to 18, that meets these young people in the midst of their crisis and serve as a bridge to better days and a better life. Youth Haven’s Director of Development Meredith Curley recently shared with Dreamscape Foundation the inside scoop on the organization’s mission and how they provide young people with basic necessities, developmental programs, love, and hope. Curley is a woman who has seen the non-profit from both outside and within. Having just celebrated her 2 year anniversary with the company, her first experience with the organization began not as an employee, but as a volunteer. “I was first introduced to Youth Haven through our current Executive Director, Jinx Liggett,” Curley said. “I came onboard to help with one of our major annual fundraisers, but when you come out to this campus and you see what’s here and what the direct impact is on the kids, you connect on a much different level than hearing about it from someone else. “When Jinx was looking to expand the development team, she reached out to me to see if I would be interested in taking on a more permanent role. I jumped on the opportunity and didn’t look back.”