ON A MISSION
The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the thousands of adults with disabilities in the Omaha metro area by offering them recreational, social and life skills programs. Cooking classes, dance and swim lessons, group outings and reading clubs are among the many activities we help to provide.
Besides offering fun, the programs are therapeutic, improving physical and cognitive, capabilities. The programs also promote inclusion, people with disabilities often becoming isolated when they age out of the school system, and provide hours of much-needed respite, or a break, for families and caregivers.
We support specialized programming offered by the professional staff of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's renowned Munroe-Meyer Institute. In addition, we partner with other organizations who share our interest and passion for improving the lives of adults with disabilities in our community.
MFD partners with FilmStreams for free screening of 'Far From the Tree'
MFD and FilmStreams are once again partnering to bring you a film that explores the life and worlds of families with disabilities.
Come to the Ruth Sokolof Theater at the FilmStreams downtown location, 1340 Mike Fahey St., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 for a free screening of "Far From the Tree," based on the best-selling book.
Afterwards, a discussion of the film will be moderated by MFD President Mary McHale.
While the movie is free, you should reserve your tickets by going to the Film Streams website.
Below is a brief description of the film. And you can watch the trailer here.
Discover the courage of compassion through the eyes of parents journeying towards acceptance of their one-of-a-kind kids. Based on The New York Times bestseller by Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree is an intimate, profoundly human look at families raising children society deems “abnormal”: a mother and son determined to show the world that his Down syndrome does not define him; a couple learning to communicate with their bright but nonverbal autistic son; a young woman dealing with what it means to be the only little person in her family; and parents whose deep love for their son persists even after he has committed an unspeakable crime. Tracing their joys, challenges, tragedies, and triumphs, Far From the Tree invites viewers to rethink what it means to be a “normal family.”
Help MFD every time you search, shop
You can help MFD raise funds each time you search the Internet, shop at the grocery store, visit your favorite businesses or make on-line purchases. Every penny helps our effort to ultimately make the Thursday night adult rec program at Munroe Meyer self-sustainable. Check out our quick guide below, and pass on the word to your friends and family, too.
The Goodsearch Search Engine and Goodshop
Just go to www.goodsearch.com and click on the Join Now link. Put in your personal information and then click on Choose Your Cause, and enter Meyer Foundation for Disabilities.
It's that simple. Bookmark the page and make Goodsearch your primary search engine. Each November, MFD will receive a check based on the total registered searches.
And if you are registered for Goodsearch, you are automatically a member of Goodshop, too. Anytime you shop online via Goodsearch MFD will also receive credit, and as a bonus you will receive coups from Goodshop. Give it a try!
Bakers Community Rewards
Go to www.bakersplus.com/topic/community-rewards and register, selecting Meyer Foundation for Disabilities. MFD will receive a quarterly check!
Log in at www.smile.amazon.com and register with your regular Amazon username and password (if you haven't yet registered with Amazon, do that first at Amazon.com). Then select C. Louis Meyer Rehabilitation Foundation (don't worry, the money will get to MFD). We will receive a percentage based on your purchases.
Together a Great Good (TAGG)
Download the app on your cell phone. Look at the list of participating businesses. You may find some that you frequent on the list.
When you make purchases there, tell the cashier you want to TAGG your purchase. You will have the option of receiving a QR code from the cashier to scan on your phone or you can scan the receipt. If you've selected Meyer Foundation for Disabilites, MFD will receive 5 percent of the purchase price!
Walk and Roll 2020 raises over $20,000
to serve MFD's mission
More than 300 people took part in the 16th annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities on March 1, raising more than $25,000 that will go toward recreational programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.
"We want adults 21 and over to have the same opportunities that their typical peers do," said MFD board president Mary McHale. The Walk & Roll is one of the major fundraisers the foundation holds to support MMI programming.
See a photo album from the event.
"Since MFD's gotten involved, MMI's cooking club has expanded from one to three nights a month," she said. "We fully fund the Thursday night program, which is a great opportunity for respite for our parents and caregivers, and it's also a fun activity for our adults with disabilities. We've also purchased about six or seven adaptive bikes through the years."
See a video of the event.
Nicole Giron, interim director of the MMI Department of Recreational Therapy, said it was exciting to see new families getting involved at the event.
"It's a wonderful blending of families that have been with us for a long time as well as new families who have just started services," she said. "It's a gathering space for people to come together and celebrate people who have developmental disabilities. It also allows us to kick off Developmental Disabilities Month with a big celebration."
As always, members of Giron's department were out in force as volunteers to support the event.
"We look at these events as supporting the MMI family," she said. "And you show up for family."
Jay Herink, father of Ben Herink, the honorary advocate for the event, said he enjoyed running into old friends from the decades Ben and his family have been part of MMI.
"It's a chance to get back together and celebrate and support a great organization," he said. 'When you get out of school, if you are an individual with a disability, there's nothing for you in the way of services. The recreational activities this program provides fill a huge hole in people's lives." --Story by John Keenen of Munroe-Meyer Institute
The Herink Family
And the event would not be possible without the support of our loyal and generous sponsors, among them:
Thrasher Basement Systems, Ideal Pure Water, JD Graphics, Family Fare and Oak View Mall and UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute.