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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB)--An organization that helps hundreds of children and adults with mental disabilities needs your help. Dreams with Wings needs your time and financial support. Those two things will help improve the quality of life for the people they serve.
"My son Evan is 20-years-old," says Kim Coury, who led a fundraiser.
Coury's son Evan is one of the hundreds of local adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
She says, "He has always been in special needs classes throughout his whole 12 years of school."
That's why Coury is so passionate about Dreams with Wings. The organization helped Evan find friends, employment and his independence.
"Because Evans has become more sociable, he's got a job, he's out, he's in the community," says Coury.
Coury recently shared her passion with co-workers at MD2U.
"And it was brought up to do a fundraiser," says Coury.
And after learning Dreams with Wings needed financial help you could say the folks at MD2U went to war. Coury says, "It was called penny wars."
Employees divided themselves into teams. "Six people to a team and you bring as many pennies as you can in," says Coury.
And when it was all said and done, they easily had more than a few pennies to rub together.
"And we raised over $2,200 just within one month," says Coury.
"And their gift to us is going to allow us to buy some technology that will not only help the individuals we support but our staff," says Jennifer Frommeyer, Executive Director of Dreams with Wings.
Frommeyer she says without programs like hers, hundreds of people with mental disabilities would be limited. "They would be sitting at home or they could be institutionalized in nursing homes."
Medicaid provides some help, but it's not enough. Frommeyer says, "To travel and to get people out into the community, those resources don't cover our vehicles or our insurance or our vans or those great pieces of technology that all of our folks can benefit from."
And that's why Kim Coury is looking forward to presenting a $2,200 check to Dreams with wings later this month. "Because they've done so much for Evan," says Coury.
In addition to residential homes and a job placement program, Dreams with Wings also provides volunteers for other organizations like meals on wheels and catholic charities.