Volume 4 Issue 9
Coming up in ASPIRE Arizona for August/September are:
This month Case Manager Jilda Falco collaborated with the S.A.M.E (So All May Eat) Café to feature two ASPIRE youth’s artwork through the month of September. SAME Café is a donation-based, fair exchange restaurant that serves healthy food to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Their mission is to create community through healthy food access. S.A.M.E. believes in healthy food, community, and dignity for everyone.
Robert and Maya are very excited to be featured on the walls of the café this month. Robert chose to display his drawings, and Maya is featuring her photographs. Both accomplished artists are eager to share their creative abilities with the Denver community.
Please join us, for a reception to honor the ASPIREing artists, at The S.A.M.E. Café at 2023 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 on September 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
ASPIRE parent, Veronica, left her job to care for her son, Victor, when his seizures increased in frequency and severity. Veronica felt she could not go back to work because they needed Medicaid to cover the high costs of critical medications and procedures. This left the family with benefits that were not meeting their needs. . They felt stuck between choosing health care and having enough money to pay for other essentials without going into debt.
Victor met with a Certified Benefits Counselor, and learned how employment really affects their benefits. He has now set a goal to get a part-time job. To prepare for a job, Victor has learned how to read job descriptions, apply for jobs, and take advantage of the career services in his community. Victor is also gaining independence and exploring assistive technology to help him move into employment and through life more safely and independently. Veronica is planning to return to work. They also share the information they have learned with the rest of their family. These two and their other family members are connecting with services, applying for jobs, and moving toward financial security without risking the loss of their health insurance.
In keeping with new beginnings, ASPIRE welcomed Felecia Davis as a new Case Manager for ASPIRE North Dakota. She is a native of Pascagoula, MS. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Judson College of Marion, AL, a Master’s degree in Child & Adolescent Therapy, Masters of Elementary Education, and a Specialist degree in Higher Education Administration from William Carey University of Hattiesburg, MS. In addition to her educator’s license, Felecia carries several endorsements and is completing her studies at Walden University with a Doctorate of Education, with an emphasis in Administration Leadership for Teacher Learning by the end of 2019.
Felecia joins ASPIRE with fifteen years’ experience serving youth and adults with mental and physical disabilities. Most of her career was spent as a teacher at Title I school in Southern Mississippi, where she became the Lead Teacher. Felecia has also worked at Job Corps, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources and an all-male mental health inpatient hospital as a Special Education teacher and Psychometrist.
Felecia has been married for five years and has a fourteen-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, making arts and crafts, spending time with family and friends. Welcome to ASPIRE!
Several families have already signed up for additional classes at Thunder Valley and have said how excited they are to work toward goals that they never thought were possible. To learn more about these and more opportunities, contact ASPIRE South Dakota at
|September 15, 2018|
In This Issue:
Fall is alive with opportunities! With the cooling of the temperatures, a new energy seems to spark life into everyone! Each September, students are heading back to school, on to college or into new jobs! The teenagers who enrolled in ASPIRE up to four years ago are growing up and moving into adulthood!
ASPIRE has a lot happening with just nine months to go. It’s the last year for the PROMISE research study. These young adults are finding they still have a lot to learn. ASPIRE Case Managers have been meeting with them and their families to talk about future financial needs. They are discussing scholarships and funding for job training, as well as ABLE Accounts. These are special tax-benefited savings accounts that let a person save for the many expenses that result from having a disability. The best part is that Social Security, Medicaid and other public benefits won’t generally count the balance in the accounts when considering how much a person has in assets. It’s a win-win all around.
To learn more about ABLE Accounts and a special opportunity through ASPIRE, contact your Case Manger today. You won’t want to miss this!!
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