Monday Morning Magic from Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co. — I am always blown away when my friends create projects that change the world. A case in point is Lili Vasileff, a single Mom of a special needs daughter. She decided that more must be done to provide quality of life and necessary fulfillment to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities upon their graduation from public school at age 21.
About Allie’s Dream: “I have long wanted to create an independent not-for-profit organization that provides full-time, individualized adult day program services for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities,” shares Lili, noting that her organization’s mission is to provide multi-sensory exposure to the arts with a diverse and quality curriculum for learning about the world. “We recognize the importance of keeping eyes and hearts open in memorable ways to ideas, storytelling, images, interactions, and needs. Art is important to human development. Learning is the process of exploring and acquiring skills.”
About Lili: In her day job, Lili is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) and the founder and president of Wealth Protection Management based in Greenwich, CT. She is also the author of four books, including Money & Divorce: The Essential Roadmap to Mastering Financial Decisions, published by the American Bar Association, and The Ultimate Divorce Organizer: The Complete Interactive Guide to Achieving the Best Legal, Financial and Personal Divorce. Click here to learn more about her work in our interview in June 2021.
The back story: Being the first parent in nearly 30 years to start a Day Service Program, Lili notes the state of Connecticut approved her initial application in 2012. Initially, Allie’s Dream ran a Jump into the Arts program on Saturdays during summers that were free and open to adults with special needs and their caregivers. With the heavy impact of covid-19 on agencies and families, Allie’s Dream opened its doors as a facility in June 2022.
The facts: “One in every five children has special needs. Nonprofit organizations deliver the bulk of state-sponsored services to adults with disabilities with no more money than they received fifteen years ago,” Lili explains. “In addition, the Covid pandemic has compelled many agencies to fold, downsize, or place individuals on waiting lists. Some will not be helped indefinitely due to the sector’s 48% work vacancy rate. At Allie’s Dream, we concentrate on attracting outstanding staff to sustain our arts-based immersion program. We focus on ability instead of disability by encouraging the pursuit of personal interests, thereby providing greater opportunities for personal success and creative expression. We help guide future decision making so that each person can make satisfactory progress through high-quality learning experiences based on valid assessments, their abilities, and realistic goals.” Learn more at www.alliesdream.org.
The fundraiser: Lili’s goal is to raise $60,000 this month to buy a handicap van for community outings and volunteerism throughout the community. The event is an in-person party at the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge, CT, on Oct. 9 from 1-4 pm. Click here for details about attending and also to contribute online to Allie’s Dream.
Until next Monday: May you have the courage, stamina, and fortitude to make your dreams come true — no matter what! — Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, and president, Inkandescent® Inc. Inkandescent.us