One Life Changed

Preston, in a grey button-down shirt and glasses, stands in the doorway of an office. The wooden door has three mail or file holders on it.

Putting Faith to Work for People with Disabilities

Preston, an intelligent 22 year old with a certification in office administration, couldn’t get a job. Because he has Asperger’s syndrome and struggles to engage in conversation, interviews are challenging. Potential employers couldn’t overlook his introverted personality to see his many abilities. But an innovative program, funded by Kessler Foundation and donors like you, changed his life. The initiative, Putting Faith to Work, builds the capacity of congregations and faith communities to connect their members with disabilities to employment opportunities and provide individualized support. And for Preston, faith went to work right away. Now, because of donors like you, Preston is reimagining what’s possible, gaining independence, and making contributions to improve the lives of others. Read more> 

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Caring for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury: Challenges for Caregivers

By Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, Denise Krch, PhD, and Andrea Gagliano, MS TBI researchers at Kessler Foundation

According to the Center for Disease Control, at least 5.3 million Americans need long-term or lifelong help with their activities of daily living as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their families are often their primary custodians. With caregiving comes considerable physical and emotional burdens and a decline in quality of life. Unfortunately, the voices of caregivers are often lost in the midst of caring for the individuals with TBI. Read more >

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