The STARability Foundation (formerly known as Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled) was granted $7,500 from the Angel Fund for Small Nonprofits, (a Field of Interest Fund of CFCC), to support their Trailblazer Academy. The academy offers a structured, full-time, daily program for developmentally disabled individuals that includes job preparation, vocational training, finance skills, nutrition education, and independent living skills. Participants develop workplace skills through direct community-based training leading to internships and employment, and possible independent living.
One Year Later: The number of clients served has increased to 28 from the initial goal of 10. The waiting list has also grown to 37 for a total of 65 students that need services. All clients have made improvements in preparing for independent living, and three individuals have achieved independent living.