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The real difference between Ability Remodeling and the typical approach to business charity is that philanthropy isn’t just a side activity for Ability.
Instead, every job is an opportunity for disadvantaged people within the community to gain skills, earn a living, and have a sense of inner pride. That’s because Ability Remodeling employs workers with developmental disabilities from all over the greater Prescott area. These individuals typically come from work training programs that help them develop job skills and hands-on training.
Ability Remodeling offers participants the opportunity to improve and expand on these skills within real job situations. They can then have a chance to become a regular part of the Ability Remodeling crew, visiting homes, learning a craft, and helping themselves live more independently.
“Offering skills, training, outreach, and other opportunities for those with developmental disabilities gives more meaning to what we do and where we do it,” explains Daniel. “These are individuals who typically lack opportunities for real work outside of a confined warehouse or shop setting. We bring our trainees and employees out into the community — into people’s homes — and help them see how their work gets results and benefits customers.”
Seeing these results and having a job to do improves the quality of life for people with developmental conditions. “They want to live normal lives, have a home to live in and a job so they can contribute to our community,” says United Cerebral Palsy researcher Tarren Bragdon. “But, those things are often difficult for them to find.”
In addition to their work with individuals who have developmental disabilities, Ability Remodeling donates ample amounts of time, money, materials, and volunteer work to locally based causes. Daniel states that some of the organizations “closest to our heart” include U.S. Vets, which helps provide counseling, housing, and employment to veterans, and Disabled American Veterans.
Other important causes Ability supports include Prescott area Boys and Girls Clubs, the Big Sister/Big Brother Program, Catholic Charities Mana House, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Food for the Poor and many others. They also help support the Public Unified Prescott School District, propping up education and services for Prescott area families.
All of these causes lead to direct impacts, something critically important to Mr. Daniel’s ethos. “Almost everything we do is hyper-local and focused on direct action for people affected the most. It’s not just about throwing money at a problem; it’s about strong people getting the support to do everything they can to make changes for people they see face-to-face. So, whether we’re on the front lines or supporting people on the front lines, every dollar or man hour we offer counts.”