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Building Opportunities, Creating Independence. A Capital Campaign for Disability Advocates

Be a part of our next 40 years!

Building Opportunities, Creating Independence. A Capital Campaign for Disability Advocates

You can make a difference.

Disability Advocates’ friends and supporters are pitching in to reach our $2.5 million goal of the Building Opportunities Creating Independence campaign.  Making our community equitable and accessible for everyone will take the support and contribution of many. Please join us in this worthwhile endeavor!

Ways to Give

Download and fill out our pledge form below. Once completed, send the finished form to Peggy.H@dakc.us

Take a Virtual Tour

Your contributions will have a lasting impact!

Click on these links to wander around Disability Advocates’ existing offices and roll through the current state of our space at the Special Olympics campus.  Either hit the play button for a guided tour or start clicking on the image and show yourself around!

If you have any questions about the tours or would like someone to narrate them for you, please call Peggy Helsel, our Development Director, at 616.323.2239 or e-mail her at Peggy.H@dakc.us.

You can make a difference.

Disability Advocates of Kent County has launched our Building Opportunities Creating Independence campaign to realize our vision of a universally-designed office space and to expand our impactful home accessibility services

As for the proposed new offices – we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the national model of collaboration that Special Olympics Michigan is developing at the former South Christian High School.  We are so excited about the enhanced opportunities to partner with an array of disability organizations and to increase our own visibility.  We also will be able to make the Home Accessibility Center a reality.  In addition, the unmet need for our home accessibility services is made apparent to us every day.  With the added investment of this campaign, we will be able to help more adults with disabilities and seniors remain safely and independently in their home of choice.

As Disability Advocates approaches our 40 year anniversary this October, we turn to you for the needed help to make these plans a reality.  We invite you to watch the campaign video, read the full campaign brochure and to even take virtual tours of our current offices and our space on the Special Olympics campus.  We are confident that you will be amazed at what we have cooked up. 

If you have any questions or would like an in person tour, do not hesitate to contact Peggy Helsel, our Development Director, via email (below) or call 616-323-2239.

Dear Friends,

We’re proud to be leading the Building Opportunities Creating Independence campaign for Disability Advocates. Disability Advocates is our region’s leading nonprofit focused on: 

  • Working alongside local residents with disabilities to overcome barriers so they can live self-directed and fulfilling lives. 
  • Advocating for accessible and welcoming communities that value the contributions of every citizen. 

Now, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to relocate our offices to the new Special Olympics campus in Byron Township (formerly South Christian High School). This 127,000 square foot building is being transformed into a hub for serving those in our community living with physical, mental or cognitive disabilities. This move will result in: 

  • Greatly increased visibility for Disability Advocates. 
  • More opportunities to partner with like-minded organizations. 
  • Much more usable space for programs and services to our customer base. 
  • A new Occupational Therapy home accessibility showcase for our OT programs. 

This year, Disability Advocates will celebrate its fortieth year of service to Grand Rapids and surrounding communities! What began in 1981 as an organization founded by people with disabilities to focus on fostering independent living has grown today into one of our area’s best known and most respected voices for persons with disabilities. With the help of community volunteers, donors and supporters, we serve thousands of people each year. Most importantly, we assist persons with disabilities to find and express their own voice whether that is to speak to the wishes and desires for their own life or to advocate at a community level on behalf of the wider community. 

Over the coming months, we’ll be asking our friends and supporters to join us in helping to raise $2.5 million for this important effort. Making our community equitable and accessible for everyone takes the contribution of many. Please join us in this worthwhile endeavor! 

Sincerely,

Cameron Young 
Campaign Co-Chair 

Angela Nelson 
Campaign Co-Chair 

Contact Peggy Helsel