We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through ABC Hopes we have created an opportunity for young adults with intellectual disabilities to get out into the community, work, build their independence, enhance their social skills and behaviors and continue to stimulate their minds through educational trainings. We are accomplishing this on a small scale each and every day at our two farmers markets as well as through a fitness program we have created.
The concept behind the farmers markets is to provide a job opportunity for these young individuals. We are involved in two markets currently and each market the participants, individuals with intellectual disabilities, man the booth selling various citrus products and avocados and interacting with the customers. This route has shown our community that ABC Hopes is teaching participants how to work in a business setting. This direction has lead to more inclusion in our community from community members and organizations.
We have teamed up with a local CrossFit and created a fitness program tailored to fit the needs of our amazing participants as well as their family members. ABC Hopes (dis) ABILITIES Fitness allows persons with intellectual disabilities and their family members an opportunity to workout with other fitness minded persons. We have seen great progress with our participants thus far and look forward to what this New Year brings for their health and fitness goals.