Letter from Jim…

What is your big dream? What is in your life that makes you “starry eyed?” What passion stirs within your soul and makes you jump into action?

Nothing is more thrilling to me than to watch someone with great adversity reach for something that is far beyond their abilities. Yet, their dream motivates them toward great achievements, allowing them to live bigger realities in life than they ever thought possible. At the core, this is Lift Disability Network.

So, in 2019, we asked our families, our participants, our volunteers, and our team to imagine what the world could be “Beyond” the realities of what we see in front of us. At every level of participation, our Lift family set the pace for reaching “starry eyed” realities and the results were amazing!

Our Breakaway 2019 was the largest and most exciting week we have ever hosted. We had more families, more individuals, more volunteers than ever before. New Boost locations were opened with enthusiastic participants and great volunteers. Finally, our Lift family center completed its first full year of operations establishing a new ladies’ group to journal and share life together, provided greater access to family services, and opened doors for communities to connect to the disability family.

The generosity of our donors, the time of our volunteers, and the receptive hearts of our families provided the strength needed for Lift Disability Network to accomplish more in 2019. Below you see the results from the efforts all of us have made.

Thank you for joining us in this journey into the great “Beyond.” Enjoy life among the stars.

Our Impact

In 2019, you once again made a difference in the lives of individuals and families living with disabilities. The participants, volunteers, corporate partners, and donors together elevated Lift Disability Network to another banner year. Through your efforts and involvement our organization experienced a 12% overall increase in its impact. This is the fifth consecutive year of increase and you made that happen.

While the true impact of an organization is not seen in its numbers, these outcomes represent lives changed. For every number there is a story. The bottom line is your engagement with Lift Disability Network continues to let individuals and families discover a new vision for their future. For that, we are truly grateful.

BOOST Monthly Event Program

In Florida and Missouri, members of our Lift family enjoy gathering together on a monthly basis! At these events, families and individuals with disabilities have an opportunity to experience fun, food, community and a themed event or recreational activity.


Breakaway summer camp serves families and individuals impacted by disabilities of all types. It’s a four to five day experience during which each camper with a disability is partnered with a personal buddy for the entire camp experience. Camp provides opportunities for participants to feel loved for their uniqueness, to push the boundaries of their disability and to meet a community of people who are passionate about serving the disability community.



Increase in over all Programming


Individuals and Families Served in 2019


Hours Volunteers Served in 2019


TOTAL FOR 2019: $366,352


TOTAL FOR 2019: $363,574

50,000 + Gifts

Ten Talent Foundation

25,000 + Gifts

CPK 1974 Trust

5,000 – 24,999 Gifts

Northland Church
Rotary of Winter Garden
Toyota Motor North America

1,000 – 4,999 Gifts

Aetna Foundation
Calvary Assembly of God, Beckley
Church Enrichment Ministries
Clint A. Summers, CPA
Compass Group Division
Cuivre River Electric Community Trust
D.J. Benson and Associates
Day Spring Presbyterian Church
Heichel Plumbing
Hope Church, WG
Gibbs Foundation
Life Gate Church
Live Oaks Community Church
Lucky’s Market
Murphysboro First Baptist
New Life Assembly of God
Southern Trust Auto Group
Story Road Business Park Investors
TCC Gives
West Orange Junior League

Company and Churches

Aetna Foundation
AXA Foundation
City Commerical
Clint A. Summers, CPA
Church Enrichment Ministries
CPK 1974 Trust
Cuivre River Electric Community Trust
D. J. Benson & Associates LLC
DASA Sports
Emmaus Homes
Enabled Ministries
Fidelity Bank
Ginger Lore Law Offices
Heichel Plumbing
John & Patricia Gibbs Foundation
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc.

Knights of Columbus, The Villages
Kynetec USA Inc.
Lindenwood University
Meyer Charitable Gift Foundation
Millstone Weber
Missouri Credit Union
Missouri Disabled Waterski Foundation
National Christian Foundation
Ronnie’s Resale, LLC
Rotary Club of Winter Garden
Southern Trust Auto Group
Story Road Business Park Investments
TCC Gives
Ten Talents Foundation
Toyota Motor North America
Turner Consulting Services
West Orange Junior Service League

Bethel Temple – Lake Worth
Calvary Assembly of God – Beckley
Clifton First Assembly of God
Day Spring Presbyterian Church
Decatur Assembly of God
Faith Assembly of God – Orlando
GreeneWay Church
Hope Church – Winter Garden
Kensington Church Orlando
Landis First Assembly of God
Life Gate Church
Live Oaks Community Church
Morning Star Cowboy Church
Murphysboro First Baptist
New Beginnings Assembly of God
New Life Assembly – Lakeland
Northland Church
Summit Church – O’ Fallon
The Crossings Church – Winter Garden

You all are so nice, thoughtful, and cool! i love what you do for those of us with disabilities. Your love really shines through. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Seth HeatheringtonBreakaway Camper

You have made my life better by acting as a much needed pressure valve. I'm spiritually and mentally refreshed!

Sheryl KingBreakaway participant

Elevate is such a great program. My brother loves the routine of the day - social hour, bible stories, exercise, crafting and the list goes on. It allows him the social setting to build friendships in a safe and non-judgemental atmosphere. He is looking forward to the start of fall term. Thank you for the tremendous effort spent to provide such a 'space' for individuals with life challenges

CarolSister of Participant


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