Contact: Christy Potts, email@example.com
Regional Impact: The impact of this organization includes but is not limited to making a better day for our fellow citizens who happen to have disabilities and have been marginalized and oppressed for much of their history. Drop-In is a community center on the north end of Grand Forks that has went above and beyond to change that history. We were the first organization to get people with disabilities included in other recreational settings in our community, such as softball and bowling. We started the first Performing Arts Group in North Dakota that accommodates people with disabilities. Each Friday evening over 100 people from our community come to this center for a fun, safe, inclusive way to unwind from the week at our Friday nights soc-hop.
Our programs and services have empowered people to join our city transportation committees, volunteer and perform at local arts events, represent our city on a local, state, and national level. No person is mandated to attend L.I.S.T.E.N. Drop-In and yet our attendance keeps going up, people travel from other communities to participate in our activities. We provide a place for University Students to volunteer, and employ people with disabilities and provide the necessary support needed to be successful. The people who come to Drop-In we call our guests, everyone is welcomed here. Not only do we provide a safe place for our citizens to go, we also provide a listening ear to the community. We have contacted by many local businesses in our community when it comes to issues with people with disabilities and the concern for their safety and need for respect.
Summary of Need:
The L.I.S.T.E.N. Drop-In is a vital part of our community. Since 1970, this center has provided a safe place for many of our citizens.
Our Center is open 6 days a week to everyone in our community. It currently serves 958 people, who have used our services. 70% of the people we serve have disabilities and due to a fixed income are economically challenged. The Drop-In provides leisure-recreational activities at no cost for the individuals we serve. Our attendance this past year was over 13,000 visits. Due to the high volume of attendees, we have much wear and tear on our building, at present we are in need of some new doors, and roofing repair. Our Center is funded by grants, fundraising and charitable gaming, the Drop-In is not state funded, our funds go on programming expenses, often not to building repair.
Roofing Repair: $10,000
Steel door replacement: $1,000