When I first started working at D.L. Howell, Denny had mentioned to me that he was on the Board for an organization called Handi-Crafters. Handi-Crafters is an employment and disability-focused support service program. They can give special needs individuals a sense of purpose by providing them with a place to go and a task to achieve every day. Now, I am sure this sounds like an amazing organization to everyone. But to me, it truly stands out.

My youngest brother, Matthew, has Down Syndrome. He is currently 17 years old and a senior in high school. Matthew often tells my mom he wants to graduate high school, go to college, get his license, and work (in that order). That happens to be what my middle brother and I did. Matthew often looks up to us and wants to do what he considers normal.

Organizations such as Handi-Crafters help provide that craved sense of normalcy and purpose everyone is trying to obtain, not just special needs individuals. It is important to help support them. In an attempt to do so, D.L. Howell & Associates will be volunteering at Handi-Crafters the week after Thanksgiving.

I know firsthand how an organization like Handi-Crafters enriches the lives of the people it touches. With Thanksgiving less than a week away and Christmas around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider doing something for individuals who may need some extra help. You will be surprised how much you can enrich your own life in the process.

Please visit: https://handi-crafters.org/