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!


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 September 17, 2021 at Hickory Hills Country Club.

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2017 Recipient
:  Michael Affleck White

2018 Recipient:  Roseann Bentley

2019 Recipient:  Rachel Heinz

2020 Recipient:  Dr. Missy Lucas

Clay Shoot Fundraiser

Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser  is an outdoor annual clay shooting event featuring 4 person teams. In 2020, the event raised over $9,000, and funds benefited individuals with developmental disabilities served by Abilities First. The event is held on October 16, 2021 at The Ozarks Shooters Sports Complex.

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Friends of Abilities First


Laura Curtis – President
Mary Kay Hostler – Vice President
Crystal Reynolds Roberts – Treasurer
Tom Jensen – Past President

Board Members

Martha Crise
Jessy Glair
Cathie Hampton
Craig Kelsay
Jessica Majorahn
Ellie Widmer

Friends of Abilities First Meeting Schedule

Date Time Agenda
January 25 4:00 PM
January Agenda
February 22 4:00 PM
February Agenda
March 22 4:00 PM
March Agenda
April  26 4:00 PM
April Agenda
May 24 4:00 PM Cancelled
June 28 4:00 PM
June Agenda
July 26 4:00 PM
July Agenda
August 23 4:00 PM
August Agenda
September 27 4:00 PM
September Agenda
October 25 4:00 PM Cancelled
November 22 4:00 PM
November Agenda
December No scheduled meeting