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Inspiring Stories and Events from the Society for disABILITIES 

July, 2017                                     
How You Are Making A Difference

Anyone who is familiar with the Society for disABILITIES may have at one point come into contact with our employee, Zach.  Nearly six years ago, Zach was placed at Society for disABILITIES through the Stanislaus Alliance Worknet program which provides CalWORKs/TANF (cash aid) customers with on-the-job training opportunities.  Today, Zach serves as our organization's Operations Manager.  As the Operations Manager, Zach is responsible for overseeing the loan closet, two thrift stores, facilities, bike camp mechanic, work force development, and plays an integral role in the organization as a whole. Zach's inspiring story of hard work and self-determination helped him overcome personal and professional barriers in his life that have improved a new path for himself, his family and that of future generations. 

 "If it wasn't for workforce development programs like these, and Marci (Executive Director) believing in me enough to guide me through this process and offer me a permanent job at the Society for disABILITIES, my life would be very different today," stated Zach Smith.
 
In 2016, Society for disABILITIES helped 183 people through Workforce Development. Donations, grants and sponsorships to the Society for disABILITIES are a direct investment in the people in our community. 


PROGRAM NEWS
Welcome Channa Kang
Welcome Channa! Longtime Society for disABILITIES volunteer is now the Program Coordinator.    Channa has volunteered on the prom committee, Day on the Farm, Water Ski, Wild West Gala, Community Brunch.  She is very excited to go the extra mile to make children and adults with disabilities smile.



Bike Camp
Bike Camp was wonderful with 18 participants learning to ride a bike.   Thank you volunteers for coaching the new bike riders!  

Bike Camp is a one week camp where attendees through the use of specialized bicycles learn to ride a two wheel bicycle or a hand cycle.  Camp is offered only once a year.

Adaptive Water Ski
Water Ski 2017 continues on August 5, August 12 and September 2. The  Water Ski Program  is held at Modesto Reservoir in a reserved area for our program.

Participants water ski utilizing a sit ski especially designed for the water.  Volunteers needed, too. 




Adaptive Bowling
Adaptive Bowling is all year round the first and third Thursdays at McHenry Bowl in Modesto. You must pre-register.  Players always have a lot of fun and each bowler must bring an adult to bowl with.  Definitely a great experience for all. 



Miracle League
Opening Date for the Fall Season is Saturday, September 9th.  Season will run for 6 consecutive Saturdays.  

As always, coaches and buddies are also needed.  



TopSoccer
Soccer will be scheduled for this October.  
Dates and applications will be available soon.


To see our programs, please visit  our Facebook page by clicking here.
For more program information,  please contact Channa by clicking here.
Or call (209) 524-3536 


Reserve your table and or sponsorship now!   Click here for a sponsorship form.

For more information about volunteering for the Society, please email Carolyn Gomes,  Director of Development . (209) 524-3536
New Spirit Princess Pageant

The Modesto 500 Lions Club is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Miss Stanislaus Spirit Princess Pageant.  This is a spirit pageant for girls ages 5 to 12 with disabilities.  

Pageant will be Saturday, September  16, 2017.  Completed applications must be received by August 25, 2017.  Click here for flyer   Click here for application
A Note from the Executive Director

Hello everyone,
What a great summer we have had so far.  Currently we have our water ski, bowling, and bike camp programs going on.  Some of you may not be familiar with our Bike camp program.  Once a year the Society for disABILITIES hosts a bike camp.  We have been hosting this for 10 years now when Bruce and Heidi, local Adapted PE teaches brought it to our attention on how valuable this program is, and it is incredible.   It is a week long program that teaches children who never thought they could ride a bike, learn to ride a bike.  It's a progression program that starts off with the children riding an adapted bike with  a hydraulic type training wheels in the back.  By the end of the week many of the children are up on two wheels.   This year we had a nice surprise Sutter Health provided every child with a bike helmet.  But most of all I would like to thank our generous sponsors who make this a special day Boyett Petroleum, Omega Nu, and Ride for Mom.  Without your contribution we would not have been able to teach 24 children how to ride a bike.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  

 
This is more than just a bike riding program. For many children with disabilities, it's a seemingly impossible task they can typically master in less than a week's time. Within days of learning to ride, many children exhibit independent behaviors for the first time ever. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.

Learning to ride a two wheel bicycle has many benefits, some obvious and some not so obvious including:
  • Increase in self-esteem & self confidence
  • Inclusion
  • Positive change in family dynamics
  • Improved quality of life through recreation
  • Independent transportation
One of the kids who excelled this year was Hunter.  He was stricken with fear prior to coming to bike camp.  He had fallen in the street at home and was too afraid to get back on his bike.  But thanks to our fabulous staff and volunteers Hunter is back up on two wheels and looking forward to the next Tour de France or AmGen tour.
 
Don't forget, it's time to sign up for Soccer and Miracle League baseball.  If you would like to get involved with our programs please contact Channa at Channa@societyfordisabilities.org. Everyone is welcome, and we always need volunteers. We truly appreciate everyone for everything you do to help children and adults with disabilities in our community.
 
Thank you and I hope you have a fabulous summer.  

Marci Boucher
Executive Director



Volunteer
There are many ways to volunteer!  Work with participants through program activities, work in the thrift store, or help at our fundraising events.

If you are 55 or over, please considering volunteering.  We have partnered with Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP which is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 or older.  There is an incentive including mileage and insurance. 

Call our office for more information on volunteer opportunities.



Donate Your Car
Donate your car, truck or boat TODAY!   
When you donate your car to Society for disABILITIES you not only help support our programs, but you receive a tax receipt.  It's easy to donate.  Call for pick-up.  


Easy Ways to help


Or Call (209) 524.3536 ext. 3505
July Recipe - Summer Smoothie

A cool smoothie for this hot summer!



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