We envision a future where the world is intelligently aware of the issues that people with disabilities face and a surge of radical personal action that addresses those issues.
Our mission is to bring hope and dignity to people with disabilities through the power of relationships.
Imago Dei : Everyone has significance and everyone deserves the chance to grow to their fullest potential. People with disabilities deserve to be represented with dignity as to reverse stigma and avoid negative stereotypes.
Subsidiarity : Personal care is more important and sustainable than institutional care.
Belonging : People with disabilities – as much as anyone – need families and community that provide trust, security, and mutual affection. People with and without disabilities need each other, and without being paid for it, period.
WHY DO FOR ONE
New York City is loved for its fast-paced life, with its busy streets, theaters, restaurants, museums, and workplaces. One of the most exciting places in the world, it can also be one of the loneliest and most challenging.
Of the 8.4 million inhabitants in this great city, it is estimated that over 500,000 people have some kind of serious disability that requires significant dependence upon the Human Service System.
Henri Nouwen wrote, “In our society, we consider the upward move the obvious one while treating the poor cases who cannot keep up as sad misfits, people who have deviated from the normal line of progress.”
Consequentially, People with disabilities are often ignored and left with no natural way of connecting with people living in everyday community life. While this may seem insignificant at first glance, it is a serious problem.
People with disabilities are often:
Lower in social status than others
Involuntarily moved and separated from others
Missing out on ordinary life experiences
Lacking personal control over their lives
Abused and neglected
BE AN ADVOCATE
Everyone has the potential to make a life-changing impact on someone’s life. You don’t need to know everything about a person or their circumstances to be an effective advocate. Read more about becoming an advocate.
Due to the nature of the “matching” process and the current volume of interest, we ask for your patience as we discern your involvement. Create a short profile so we can learn about you.
Do you possess certain skills or knowledge that could help Volunteer Advocates? Examples include housing issues, legal issues, employment, etc.
Let us know more about you and that you are available to help our voluntary advocates when needed.
One great first step of getting involved is to join us for a gathering. It's a great time meeting new people and we sometimes need additional help with hospitality. See below for our calendar of upcoming gatherings.
We believe in the power of prayer. With God, there is always hope. Consider partnering with us in prayer. You will receive prayer requests once a month.
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