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The Abilities Foundation supports the ServiceSource Florida Regional Office, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides the following primary services. For more details, click any link.
 
Job Placement and Vocational Evaluation 

Provides career counseling, vocational evaluation, job development, workplace accommodation, and follow-up service to help people obtain and maintain gainful employment. 


Affordable Accessible Housing

Uses HUD grants and charitable donations to acquire and renovate single-family homes and condos and primarily makes them available for rent to persons with disabilities, however, limited ownership programs are available in Brevard County. Also facilitates low-interest loans for home improvement and repairs to existing residences. Services include: 

 
 

Home ownership for low- to moderate-income individuals

Enables families to achieve the ‘American Dream’ of home ownership. New homeowners receive closing costs and down payment assistance.  Properties have been renovated for energy efficiency and updated to bring them up to current codes. 

Low-interest home improvement loans

Up to $20,000 per household is available for qualified homeowners in Pinellas County to renovate and improve their current residences.  Funds can be used for major repairs, cosmetic repairs, landscaping, or accessibility modifications. Interest rates offered by Pinellas County Community Development range from 0-5% depending on income. Very low-income homeowners may qualify for loans deferred until sale. This product allows families to stay where they are, modify for aging or disability—or in increase in family size!

Affordable rentals are available in Pinellas and Brevard Counties in Florida

HUD Section 8 vouchers are welcome on 60 units in Brevard County and 28 units in Pinellas. Units are mainly scattered-site, and many have been modified to accommodate physical disabilities.


Hurricane Hardening Programs

Pinellas County and the State of Florida are offering programs to be used for improvements to lessen storm damage in Pinellas.  Most are grants range from $1,000 to $20,000.  The programs may be combined or utilized separately.


Property Management is offered in Brevard County

In addition to managing properties owned by HFI and Abilities HUD subsidized units, we currently manage 30 additional units in two complexes and a condo association.  Services include maintenance, rental collection, and tenant screening.


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Services


ServiceSource partners with the State of Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide core vocational rehabilitation services in three workforce regions. The goal of this program is to expand and improve the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services and employment outcomes through a private-provider system.


Benefits Planning


Helps people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income explore work incentives.


Veterans Employment Program

Provides job placement services to disabled military veterans who have returned from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and are being treated at The Bay Pines VA Healthcare Center and James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.

Abilities Guild Veterans Mall

The Veterans Mall is a huge storeroom of coffeemakers, toasters, pots ‘n pans, kitchen utensils, dinnerware, linens, blankets, bicycles, job-interview clothes, and more given for free to wounded veterans transitioning from homelessness to apartment life. It is the brainchild of Virginia Meyer, an 85 year-old member of the Abilities Guild who wanted to ensure that disabled veterans have a safe and healthy place to call home. Veterans are referred and accompanied to the Mall by counselors from the Bay Pines VA Hospital and Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater. To date the Mall has served 440 veterans, greatly increasing the likelihood they will stay on medications and therapies; maintain physical and mental health; avert suicide; obtain and maintain employment; reduce dependence on government; contribute to communities as productive wage-earners and taxpayers; and best of all, avoid a return to homelessness.

The Warrior Bridge Services for Wounded Warriors

The Warrior Bridge is a rapidly emerging national initiative to help disabled servicemen and servicewomen returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan successfully reintegrate into civilian life.

Case Management Home and Community Services: The Keys to Independence

ServiceSource provides case management and other key services needed for individuals with disabilities to return and remain as independent as possible and participate in their homes and communities.


Affirmative Employment


Through ServiceSource's government and commercial contracts, individuals with disabilities provide quality services to our customers in supportive, community-based work environments.


Youth Transition Services

The
Successful Transitions is a program funded by the Department of Education and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to assist with self-sufficiency and placement of youth with disabilities ages 14-22 in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. The High School/High Tech program is a community-based partnership that provides high school students with all types of disabilities, ages 14-22, the opportunity to explore jobs and post-secondary education leading to technology-related careers. For information,  contact Miranda Ray at 727-600-8920.  

CARF Accreditation

ServiceSource has received a three-year accreditation—the highest attainable—from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.


Abilities Credo

"I do not choose to be a common man.  It is my right to be uncommon – if I can. I seek opportunity – not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefits of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done."  

 
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