NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) – An Indianapolis nonprofit is expanding to Newburgh. The Alex and Ali Foundation helps young adults with autism and other disabilities become more involved in the community.
Alex Parker and his friend Alan are working on some ornaments to hand out to candy lovers this year.
Alex’s mother, Jennifer Grimm Parker, gave the foundation his name, he is 24 years old and has autism.
Parker hopes to help more people like Alex by finding them jobs in the community.
“After high school a lot of these people don’t have opportunities, they’re very limited,” Parker said. “So we want to give them these opportunities to work outside the home, in the community.”
By giving these people jobs or the means to help, Parker hopes that they can feel they own and belong, and that they will be treated like everyone else.
“They need to work and they need a goal,” Parker said. “And they are valuable, the world is a better place with them getting involved in their community.”
Work has only just started in Newburgh, but the foundation has a doggy day care center and an art gallery in Indianapolis, all run by people with developmental disabilities.
“When they get training and show respect and love, they do amazing things,” Parker said.
They brought the work to Newburgh, all in honor of their daughter, Hope.
“She passed away a year and a half ago, so for my husband and I now, continuing with the foundation and expanding it here in Newburgh has been an important part of our journey,” Parker said.
The Alex and Ali Foundation hopes to find more people to help in Newburgh.
If you want to get in touch with them, visit their website.
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