Friends of Abilities First is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that assists with the growing needs and expenses of people with developmental disabilities in Greene County, when there are no other funding sources available.  Friends of Abilities First also provides opportunities for inclusion where people live, learn, work, and play. Contributions to Friends of Abilities First help:

  • People to live independently in their own home.
  • Promote employment opportunities.
  • Access emergency funding.
  • Obtain personal items.
  • Provide scholarships for Art Inspired Academy students.

More importantly, Friends of Abilities First helps people achieve their dreams of a good life!


Ride On

RIDE ON is an annual bike ride featuring routes of 13, 26, 50 and 64 miles.   All routes begin and end at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2200 E. Republic Road in Springfield.   The event includes an after party which includes food, refreshments, and entertainment following the ride.  Everyone is invited to participate.  Proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities.

In 2018, the Second Annual RIDE ON raised over $11,000 to help enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

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Silver Strands Celebration

Silver Strands Celebration is an annual dinner honoring individuals and businesses in our community who make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.  The event is held in March at Hickory Hills Country Club.

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2017 Recipient:  Michael Affleck White

2018 Recipient:  Roseann Bentley

2019 Recipient:  Rachel Heinz

Silver Strands 2019 Photos

Friends of Abilities First


Martha Crise – President
Tom Jensen – Vice President
Crystal Reynolds – Treasurer
Craig Kelsay – Past President

Board Members

Cathie Hampton
Mary Kay Hostler
Jessica Majorahn
Ellie Widmer

Friends of Abilities First Meeting Schedule

Date Time Agenda
January 23 1:00 PM
January Agenda
February 25 4:00 PM
February Agenda
March 25 4:00 PM
April  22 4:00 PM
April Agenda
June 24 4:00 PM
July 22 4:00 PM
August 26 4:00 PM
September 23 4:00 PM
October 28 4:00 PM
November 25 4:00 PM
December No Meeting