Semo Alliance for Disability Independence receives Chick-Fil-A grant

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Semo Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI) announced some big news that they’ve been sitting on for more than a month, as they were one of the recipients of Chick-Fil-A’s True Inspiration awards. 

“When they presented the check they told us, and everybody was crying and cheering, and the consumers were there, and we just had a blast,” said Donna Thompson, of SADI.

There were a total of 46 award winners with SADI being named the top winner of the S. Truett Cathy honoree grant, a grant totaling $350,000. An award named after the Chick-Fil-A founder.

Thompson says Cape Girardeau’s chick-fil-a owner Brian House nominated them and after applying and with the help of the community voting for them, they won and say it feels validating. 

“It felt very validating because a lot of times when you do the type of services, we do you don’t get a lot of thank you, you know, you just don’t,” said Thompson.

Before receiving this grant, SADI had $15,000 dollars from fundraisers and with the grant money, Thompson says SADI can put more money into the sensory garden they will soon be making and other needs. 

“We also want to expand our day hab into a backroom; we have a large room that needs to be totally renovated and we can do that, make more room and more activities for the day by having a clinic,” she said.

Sadi care specialist, Michal Whitehorn, says new funds to the garden will fill a need for their consumers.

“We go to the parks a lot and there are really not a lot of things that they can do and enjoy at the parks,” said Whitehorn. 

Sadi staff and consumers are thankful to receive the award and see the support from the community. and they even made appreciation signs for Chick-Fil-A.

“And I am so glad that the community came out and voted and you know that just makes me feel that we are really, really loved by the community,” said Whitehorn.

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