A word from Sarah Mai…
I am honored to be the first Executive Director of The Mission Project and to have the opportunity to lead an organization made up of parents and participants that I have come to love like family.
I have been involved with The Mission Project for more than 11 years. During the course of those 11 years, I have developed a keen understanding of the unique needs of each participant and I have developed programs that facilitate progress and improve their quality of life. I work in collaboration with the parents, build and maintain relationships with donors, and create community partnerships, all in the spirit of contributing to the sustainability of this necessary and excellent organization.
First and foremost in my career, I am an Occupational Therapist and what that means is that my primary goal is to improve the daily lives of individuals with disabilities. Through my advocacy, assessment, and intervention, I work to teach and empower independence. Our organizational mission is, “Discovering a world of independence, a life of possibilities”, and that makes this organization a perfect fit for the work of an occupational therapist.
It is important to me that supporters of The Mission Project know that we have taken our programming to another level and that you can continue to expect great outcomes. In our weekly Problem Solvers program, which is the cornerstone of our programs, participants learn critical social skills, gain instruction in activities of daily living, develop and maintain authentic friendships, and learn how to navigate within their local community. In our iPad Project, participants utilize their iPads to improve time management, social skills, and leisure skills. In our MPower Health program, in partnership with Move Right KC, we focus intently on integrating intensive exercise into our daily routines and healthy eating choices. We also continue to encourage leadership and enable participants to step up as technology specialists, event planners, and public speakers.
I believe that The Mission Project is a brilliant model for providing for the needs of adults with developmental disabilities who can live with minimal support. There has been rich development this last decade and there will continue to be growth in the coming years.
I ask you to consider how you can dive in with me and support the lives of these individuals. Do you have a skill you can teach? Time to volunteer? A network to plug into? Monetary resources that can make bigger and better programs possible? If you do, I want to talk to you so call or email me and let’s discuss how we can do this together. Thank you again for supporting The Mission Project!