Step by step, more than 200 people took a stroll at Cove Island Park Sunday for the 8th annual walk for independence, hosted by the Always Reaching for Independence organization.
“ARI provides jobs, homes, and services to over 150 adults with developmental disabilities here in Stamford, CT,” says Gerard Gasparino, Manager of Development and Recreation at ARI. “Agencies like ours, we allow our clients to live like you and I; an actual independent life that they could enjoy the things we enjoy.”
The annual walk serves as a fundraiser for ARI’s programs. This year’s goal was $50,000.
“As the state continues to change the way they fund agencies like ours, it becomes more important to fundraise,” says Gasparino. “So this event here, it allows us to receive some funds to help offset those deficits but also builds awareness within the community of our programs.”
“I think it’s a great thing to pull parents, the community together,” says Renee Atkins, vocational instructor at ARI. “The trainees really enjoy, look forward to this walk every year.”
To make a donation, or find out more about ARI, visit http://www.arict.org