FSL brings out the possibilities for our daughter.
Foundation for Successful Living (FSL) has made a remarkable difference in our daughter's life. When she started, we were worried that the activities were too advanced for her. Their attitude of "just try it" and the obvious caring for our daughter, made her do just that. She is more social and says new words almost daily. Thank you FSL for bringing out the possibilities for our daughter!
– Lori & Norm Thom
FSL empowers my daughter live a life of her choosing.
My daughter, a college student living in an apartment near the UCCS campus, has greatly benefited from the services and supports she receives from FSL. Through FSL, she is learning necessary independent living skills and provided with support to access the community. FSL has been a collaborative partner to work with and a key component to my daughter being able to live a life of her choosing.
– FSL Parent
FSL helps my son grow and find his place in the community.
Our son loves going to FSL. He looks forward to seeing his friends every day and really enjoys the variety of volunteer activities. The staff is wonderful! They provide support and encouragement, helping him grow and find his place in the community.
– FSL Parent
FSL staff is the bomb dot com!
“FSL is a really nice community. I love working with the dogs at the dog rescue. FSL staff has helped me with volunteering and finding a job. The staff here is the BOMB-DOT-COM!!!”
— LH, FSL client
Being able to help others makes me feel great!
“It’s fun! I like being here with everyone! I like volunteering at Pikes Peak Towers and talking to the seniors there. Being able to help others makes me feel great! I’ve made lots of friends here and everyone here is really kind.”
— TG, FSL client
I’m very happy that I came to FSL.
“At FSL I met some new friends and also got to work in groups doing fun things. I can show people what I can do by helping because I like helping a lot. I’m very happy that I came to FSL to be with the staff and with new staff too. I like to learn about money, spending and saving. I found out that I’m good at sweeping.”
— JW, FSL client
It’s fun here!
“At FSL I get to see my friends. I like counting money and get to be the cashier at bakery. It has helped me with my money skills. I like working with the staff. They are awesome. One staff member teaches me yoga. It helps me work out. It’s fun here.”
— BB, FSL client
This program has made a big impact on my life.
“My experience at FSL has been excellent because I get to do a lot of volunteering. I learned how to take initiative and it makes me feel good to help others. Everyone has helped me with my money. This program has made a big impact on my life.”
— CL, FSL client
So fortunate to have found FSL!
My son Douglas is now 18 years old and is on the Autism Spectrum. It has been a struggle throughout his life to find places where he fits in and is happy. We have found this through Foundation for Successful Living. Douglas and I first connected with FSL when he joined the Special Olympics basketball team through them last fall. He had an amazing coach and was able to interact with some wonderful team players.
FSL has a monthly "Meet Up" where the clients get together socially. One of my heartbreaks about Douglas is that he really doesn't have any friends and is rarely invited/included in social activities. He has enjoyed this tremendously and really feels like part of a group. I feel that being able to socialize with the other people at FSL has really helped his self confidence and is an activity he really looks forward to. He has been out to dinner, to a BBQ, a baseball game, and to a social event to hang out and play games.
FSL offered a Sex Ed class and a Social Skills class that I have enrolled Douglas in. Amanda Joy has been truly amazing. Relationships and Sex Ed are very difficult entities for people with disabilities. As a parent, Amanda has kept me informed about the topics that will be/are talked about each week and how the participants reacted or absorbed the information. Douglas has always been willing to talk about what was presented in class and he felt comfortable in doing this. Being able to learn about these things in a group of his "peers" has been really helpful. I think this class has really prepared him for a future relationship.
One area Douglas has been deficient in are his social skills. He has been to other classes before involving this, but I feel he really comes away from this class with tools that he needs to be successful. Most important he is excited to tell me what went on during class and we can talk about what he needs to work on. Again I think being able to be involved in a class with other people who have some of the same challenges has been very comfortable for him. I really appreciate the communication from Amanda about what is discussed at each class and about how well she thinks he absorbed the information.
I have been so impressed with FSL and Douglas has enjoyed being a part of them also, that I have chosen FSL to be the program he will attend next school year through Bridges with District 20.
We feel so fortunate to have discovered FSL and hope to be able to take advantage of other programs and activities they offer in the future.
– Sharon Tyson