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Community Fund Of Darien Awards $19,000 Grant To Greenwich's Abilis

Abilis CEO Dennis Perry, right, is grateful for a $19,000 grant from The Community Fund of Darien.
Abilis CEO Dennis Perry, right, is grateful for a $19,000 grant from The Community Fund of Darien. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – Abilis, a Greenwich-based human services organization that provides supports for individuals with special needs and their families across Fairfield County, has received a $19,000 grant from The Community Fund of Darien.

The money will be used to hire and train an additional job coach to increase competitive employment opportunities for Abilis' clients, according to a press release. Abilis serves more than 700 individuals a year, including 200 adults with developmental disabilities in its day services program.

“Funding for the hiring and training of job coaches is especially important given the growing number of young adults with special needs transitioning out of Fairfield County high schools over the next decade, many of whom will be served by Abilis,” said Dennis Perry, president/CEO of Abilis in a press release.

Abilis has a growing roster of more than 40 business partners, including retail stores such as CVS, Marshall’s, Pet Pantry, Stop & Shop, Target, Walgreen’s and Whole Foods, as well as local libraries, restaurants and community organizations.

“The grant award from the Community Fund of Darien represents an important vote of confidence in our targeted efforts to promote self-sufficiency for the adults we serve through job development and training,” Perry added

The Community Fund of Darien has supported Abilis for the past nine years. In its grant award letter, the panel stated: “Abilis works hard to find job placement opportunities for its clients and the panel commends the organization for these efforts, especially given the time necessary to arrange contacts, secure placements, and ensure job success.”

Abilis is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has served the special needs community in lower Fairfield and Westchester counties for almost 65 years. For additional information, visit www.abilis.us .

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