Making It Happen!

Making It Happen!

From Rhonda Helgesen

There’s a dire need for supports & services for adults with autism in our community. Your donation will help fulfill my dream of helping these individuals and their families. Thanks for your part in "Making It Happen!".

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Over the next decade, about a half a million children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will enter adulthood and age out of school-based services. While the number of adults with autism diagnoses is soaring, there aren’t enough programs and services to meet the demand. There is a dire need for additional supports in this area.

As many of you know, I have struggled to find programs with the appropriate level of care for my own son as he has transitioned into the world of an "adult with autism". My experience is not unique. Families in our community are constantly looking for the answers to the questions "What's next?" and "Who will care for my child when I'm gone?". I’ve thought about how to help overcome this issue for myself and others for YEARS. Now, I'm finally doing something about it!

I have started the process of forming a charitable organization which will be dedicated to providing supported living opportunities for adults with autism in our community. I'm very excited about finally taking this next step! In order to do this correctly, I plan to utilize the services of a company specializing in nonprofit compliance. This fundraiser is to help me with the initial startup costs of filing documents and talking to lawyers so that I can form this organization the RIGHT way and help build a bright future for adults with autism in our area.

Any donation toward making this dream a reality is greatly appreciated and I’ll keep you all updated on our progress.              Together we’re “Making It Happen!”

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