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


Mary Kay Hostler – President
Tom Jensen – Vice President
Crystal Reynolds Roberts – Treasurer
Laura Curtis – 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 24 4:00 PM
January Agenda
February 28 4:00 PM
February Agenda
March 28 4:00 PM
March Agenda
April  25 4:00 PM
May 23 4:00 PM CANCELLED
June 27 4:00 PM
July 25 4:00 PM Cancelled
August 22 4:00 PM
September 26 4:00 PM
October 24 4:00 PM
November 28 4:00 PM
December No Scheduled Meeting