Friday, July 29, 2011

Good News Friday!

Today, I’d like to share some good news about a young man many at Imagine! know well.

Chris Hensen, who receives services from Imagine!, was recently elected as President of the Association for Community Living’s chapter of S.A.B.E. (Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered). S.A.B.E. works to ensure that people with disabilities are given the same opportunities, occasions to make choices and decisions, rights, and chances to speak up and empower themselves as people without disabilities. Members of S.A.B.E. partake in monthly meetings, elect officers, attend conferences, and have the chance to volunteer as speakers to civic or service organizations, among other things. S.A.B.E.’s local meetings are well attended each month, with 22 very active members.

Chris is also involved in Crisis Intervention Training for police officers at the University of Colorado. Chris provides input to the officers to help the officers to have a better understanding of how they can be of assistance to people with disabilities. “I’ve always had a passion for law enforcement,” Chris says.

Chris is employed at the Outback Steakhouse in Longmont as a member of a work crew in Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source, where his job includes rolling and polishing silverware.

Chris would like to learn how to skydive, and one of his biggest dreams is to skydive into Folsom Field after the Bolder Boulder, carrying a flag with the S.A.B.E. logo on it.

Chris, I really hope I get to see that one day. Congratulations and keep up the good work. You are an inspiration!

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