Category Archives: Holiday Gifts

Goodwill to Those with ID


Kristen Ford-Hernandez is the mother of Jaden, a child with Intellectual Disabilities.  As a parent you may often find yourself facing issues you are not prepared for or know how to address, as a parent of a child with ID those issues may become more frequent and challenging as they get older.

When Jaden turned 16, he began talking about getting a job so he could make his own money.  His mother immediately began asking herself questions knowing that finding a job for Jaden would be challenging.

Kristen and Jaden had talked about his pain and frustration when he heard a classmate making fun of others with ID; he was concerned that people didn’t understand how much ABILITY those with ID may have.  After hearing Jaden’s message, Kristen did some research and found that there were some opportunities for young adults with ID available but they often didn’t provide a financially competitive opportunity.  So they decided to develop a business that would offer those opportunities to earn a fair wage as well as build confidence, personal growth and financial stability.

ACTabilities wants to spread the message of Acceptance, Consideration and Tolerance.  You can help do that by purchasing the variety of products the company produces.  They offer 100% natural soy candles, all natural castile soaps, holiday ornaments, cards, and more!ACTabilities production line

Help spread the message of Acceptance, Consideration and Tolerance this holiday season and support this amazing business.  For more information about ACTabilites visit their website http://www.actabilities.com

“Gifts that Give”

Extraordinary Ventures is a wonderful not-for-profit organization located in Chapel Hill, NC that creates and nurtures self-sustaining small businesses designed around the skills of the young adults with autism and developmental disabilities that serve as its workforce.  EV’s workforce currently consists of 5 managers who oversee a staff of 40 young men and women with ASD and/or developmental disabilities.  These employees receive training and are placed in jobs based on their interests and skills.

Extraordinary Ventures operates five businesses; 1. a laundry service, 2. an office services company, 3. a bus cleaning and maintenance service, 4. an events center that rents space for meeting and conferences, and 5. a business that produces and markets premium candles and soaps.  Since the holidays are right around the corner we’re going to feature the last business venture.

EV Gifts are truly “Gifts that Give”.  They feature handmade bath products such as sugar scrubs, soaps in scents like Sandalwood, and Lemon Eucalyptus, and premium scented candles in a wide variety of scents including Fresh Cut Grass, Pear Blossom, Lavender, and many holiday inspired scents.christmas-tree-scented-candle1-500x500

Each high quality product sold directly employs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  EV seeks to help bridge the gap between education and vocation by providing communication structures and manufacturing skills that emphasize the strengths of their unique employees therefor building their self-esteem and proving that they are valuable assets to their community.

If you are looking for a holiday gift that helps make a difference in another person’s life consider looking at what Extraordinary Ventures Gifts have to offer this holiday season.  You can find the products they offer at www.gifts.evnc.org

If you would like more information about Extraordinary Ventures go to their website www.extraordinaryventures.org