The non-profit I’m starting, Able Community, needs your help!

Dear Gimpy Law Readers,

I wanted to share about the non-profit I’m starting, Able Community. Watch this video, then read the e-mail below to find out more!

Able Community is building the first fully accessible, affordable, and intentionally inclusive cooperative housing for people with and without disabilities in the United States. Beginning this holiday season, we are asking for your help! Please consider donating to Able Community’s Every Dollar Counts campaign, our very first fundraiser.

It is extremely difficult for people with disabilities to find affordable and accessible housing, and personal care, which affects our independence and employability. Able Community is creating an alternative to institutions and living with family for people with disabilities, while improving personal assistants’ quality of life and compensation. Our members will run and operate this collaborative housing cooperative and personal care services to meet these unmet independent living needs. We will be located in Chicago, because of its employment potential and accessible public transit, with approximately 20 various sized apartment units, some offices, and shared common space for people with disabilities, personal care assistants, and their families.

All of Able Community members have disabilities and/or work with persons with disabilities, so we are passionate about the need for this innovative solution and we have creative ideas about how to accomplish it. We have been meeting weekly, investigated the lack of other living situations, drafted our founding documents, and are in the process of incorporating.

In order to make the Able Community a reality, we are raising $800 to incorporate as a non-profit and for our website. We need YOUR help; a donation of $10, $25, or $50 will help us get there. With your support, Able Community’s housing co-op will become a reality.

Every dollar will have a meaningful impact on our work doing—redefining independence for people with disabilities. Able Community believes that Every Dollar Counts. Instead of sending a Christmas card or buying us a cup of coffee, contribute a few dollars to our cause and contribute to changing lives – and ultimately the disability community – forever.

To find out more and donate online, go to AbleCommunityChicago.Org, click on the donate link below, or make a check payable to Able Community. It would be helpful if you have a PayPal account, but we welcome donations in any method.

Thank you in advance for your support of Able Community!

 

Happy Holidays,

Gimpy Law Blogger, on behalf of Able Community.

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The Amazingness of Gimpy Law Readers

Dear Gimpy Law Readers,

You continue to amaze me. Gimpy Law is having a real global impact:

November 6, 2014 Gimpy Law views by country

November 6, 2014 Gimpy Law Views by Country: United States 816, Canada 36, United Kingdom 24, Panama 9, Australia 7, Republic of Korea 5, Ireland 4, India 3, Spain 2, Malaysia 2, Greece 2, Philippines 1, Morocco 1, Croatia 1, Puerto Rico 1, Indonesia 1, New Zealand 1, Northern Mariana Islands 1, Russian Federation 1, Nigeria 1, Saudi Arabia 1, Hungary 1.

I am honored at how well Gimpy Law has been received and that it has a global presence. Look at how gorgeous you all look on this map!

I don’t believe that this Gimpy Law blogger deserves the credit. I believe that it is a testament to the relevance of disability and prevalence of people with disabilities around the world. Let’s keep on keeping on!

Your Gimpy Law blogger.

Shout Out to GimpyLaw Readers: You Guys Blow My Mind!

I am amazed that the mad rantings of this Gimpy Law attorney actually has readers, let alone that it has so many readers around the world.  Here’s a summary of the Top Views by Country in the history of GimpyLaw, as of today:

Top Views by Country

253 United States views. 6 Canada views. 4 South Korea views. 2 Malaysia views. 1 Morocco view. 1 Philippines view.

In one of my college Rhetoric classes, Expository Writing, we read an essay about how a writer wanted to hand deliver individualized messages to each of her readers, old school Pony Express style.  I wish I could get to know each of GimpyLaw’s readers, their unique stories, what draws them to this GimpyLaw blog, and our communities, whether they be disabilities or ties to advancing justice.

But perhaps I should introduce myself first.  I’m a 30ish Korean American women with a disability.  I’m originally from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, but lived in California for 9 years, where I went to law school at UC Davis.  I recently moved back to Illinois to participate in a program that will help me start my own law practice.  I’m also starting a non-profit housing cooperative, called Able Community.

That’s enough of a dating service description about me; I do not like long walks on the beach, by the way.  I’d like to hear about you, my readers.  Feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below!