Support Kyle's Connections on #GivingTuesday

November 18, 2015

When Kyle Bean arrives at an event, it’s no exaggeration to say the room lights up. His smile, positive attitude, and uncanny memory for Three Stooges comedy shine any time he walks through a door. For Kyle and other individuals with disabilities, however, many doors are closed simply because of their differences. Through our Activities Program, Center for Independent Futures creates opportunities for individuals with disabilities to meet friends and explore interests.

“It makes you feel welcome and proud and safe,” Kyle says of the atmosphere at Center for Independent Futures. “I’m involved because it makes me feel active, alive, and healthy.”

Kyle has participated in the Activities Program for three years. He’s a regular at Volunteer Club, attends Saturday Cinema movie screenings, and always looks forward to the monthly Social Hour gathering. There, new friends gather with familiar faces in an environment that’s accepting and supportive, and where, regardless of differences, individuals can find common ground.

“At the Social Hour, everybody gets to share things, like what’s going on in their world, their interests, and what TV shows and movies they like,” Kyle explains.

Between his work schedule at Jewel-Osco and spending time with his family and friends, Kyle attends Center for Independent Futures activities whenever possible. “It’s a wonderful place to meet new friends and socialize and get to know other people,” he says.

On #GivingTuesday, December 1, you can join Center for Independent Futures to support individuals like Kyle and their opportunities for self-expression and friendship. Your gift may be eligible for a match from the Coleman Foundation, doubling your impact in our community.

Make your pledge today by entering your name and email address in the form below. We will send you an email on #GivingTuesday to remind you to visit our website to make your tax-deductible contribution.


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