Do For One is based upon the reality that unless people with disabilities have freely given and supportive relationships, many basic needs will remain unmet. We provide an authentic and personal way to respond to the belief that everyone is of unique and sacred value.
“It is clearly impossible for a system to address the most personal needs of love, caring, responding to human needs and desires. Only PEOPLE can do that.” - AJ Hildebrand
Our invitation is to journey with us through the values and spirit of Do For One. Some may have an interest in working with people with disabilities and resonate with the inherent dignity and hope there is in mutually beneficial relationships between people with and without disabilities. Some may be longing to be connected to meaningful community and see its importance for all New Yorkers. Others may be on a spiritual search for something of greater meaning and sense the prophetic message that weakness and vulnerability calls us to be united with our creator, who through our brokenness makes us whole.
At our info sessions we educate people on what the day to day life is like for many people with intellectual disabilities. We discuss the many unwarranted fears and assumptions that people have about disability and how that often leads to segregation and loss of control for many adults with disabilities. It is through this deep reflection of the situations of devalued people that we develop an understanding of Do For One’s values and relationship centric model.
Quotes from info session participants:
"I was struck by the reality that some of our neighbors never get the opportunity to explore their city on their own terms. The things I take for granted like strolling through a book store for hours, are things that some people are not permitted to do. But why? The info session answered that for me. I learned about the history of institutionalization of disabled persons in the city, the day-to-day experiences of people with disabilities and the inspiring story behind the inspiration for Do For One. I walked out knowing that I had to do something."
"My vision had shifted from being a person who looks out and sees only the brokenness of the lives orbiting mine, to a person who looks out and sees the fingerprint of God's hand on every life - everyone, every life royalty."
BECOMING AN ADVOCATE
If you’re interested in becoming an advocate, here is how we normally discern involvement. Please note, it takes time and coordination to make the right match and could take up to three months. We desire for you to be a part of one of the emerging communities that Do For One has fostered in Roosevelt Island, Upper West Side or Astoria, Queens.
The steps to get involved are as follows:
- Attend an info session click here for the calendar
- Attend at least 3 community gatherings click here for the calendar
- Fill our your advocate profile click here for advocate profile
*note: there are other ways to be involved which you can indicate on the advocate profile
4. Run a seamless online background check
5. Meet potential partners with disabilities to be matched with, we strive to make this intentional yet comfortable for both parties until everyone involved feels really great about the match
6. We then provide support to you through community and additional trainings.