Henry can be defiant, impulsive and extremely vocal at times. More importantly though, Henry is caring, empathetic and always willing to lend a helping hand. The good always outweighs the bad. But because of the difficult behaviors Henry can exhibit, it was going to be a daunting task to find a suitable and supportive day program for him after he graduated from high school. 

After many team meetings it was decided that Henry would be placed in a program that has a great working relationship with his school. Unfortunately, after a few months it became clear that it was just not a good fit for Henry. So back at square one, Henry’s team met and determined that Henry would join the Development Homes’ Day Habilitation program called ACES. With the specialized training and one on one staff support ACES was able to offer, it appeared to be the most beneficial program for him. Henry has been with ACES for 7 months, and while he has had his ups and downs he has learned so much more than his team could have imagined. In fact, Henry won this year’s Social Capital Award, an award that is given in recognition for giving back to the community.

You’ve given Development Homes and more specifically the ACES program the tools to provide specialized training and the ability to think outside the box. You’ve enabled ACES to purchase modeling sets, gardening equipment and items for Henry to create and sell his own fishing lures. Because of your continued generosity you’ve helped Henry find interest in things he never thought he would.

There are many others who are still trying to find their niche. Since disabilities come in all shapes and sizes, one task and activity may work for some but not work for all. Because of this, the ACES program must continue to find new ways of helping each individual discover their interests and what they may excel in. Please consider a gift this #GIVINGTUESDAY to help others achieve their personal dreams and reach their maximum potential. You can donate online by clicking the donate button below or send your gift to the main office at 3880 South Columbia Road Grand Forks, ND 58201.

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