“If your organization benefitted kids or animals, I am sure you would be more successful raising funds!”
The first time someone said this to me, I was incredulous. Stunned to be exact. But then I heard it again, and again. And people continue to say this to me. This statement has certainly become a source of great reflection for me.
At Hollis Adams Foundation (HAF), we are passionate about serving adults with developmental disabilities. Just like kids and animals, these individuals are extremely vulnerable.
We believe these adults deserve the opportunities to enjoy the same life experiences the rest of us enjoy. And at HAF, we focus on:
I encourage you to examine the importance of relationships in your life. Where would you be without your friends? Where would you be without your supportive communities? Your friends at work? Your church community? Adults with developmental disabilities often times do not have these relationships. The friends they made while attending school have gone on to college or are focused on their full-time jobs and or their spouses and kids — opportunities that aren’t often a reality for adults with developmental disabilities.
How do they develop friendships and establish relationships that will sustain them through adulthood? That is our focus. That is our passion. Bringing like-minded individuals together so they can make friends and enjoy all that life has to offer.
Through the programs offered at Hollis Adams Foundation, the adults we serve experience all the above, and more.
Raising money for kids and animals probably is a lot easier. But for me, I will spend my time and efforts caring for these vulnerable — and often times forgotten — adults. If is from these adults that I have learned some of life’s greatest lessons….
To love unconditionally.
To forgive. Often.
To enjoy the here and now.
To not take life so seriously.
To laugh often.
The Hollis Adams Mud Run (HAMR) is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please consider supporting our efforts by participating in the run, volunteering to help, sharing this information with a friend, or supporting us financially. (Doing all of the above is encouraged and appreciated too!)