Friends of Abilities First is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that assists with the 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 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!


Winter Dreamland

Winter Dreamland is the Christmas Tree event of the year featuring silent and live auctions, food, music, and fully decorated trees to take home the night of the event.

Winter Dreamland Event

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.

2017 Recipient
: Michael Affleck White

2018 Recipient: Roseann Bentley

2019 Recipient: Rachel Heinz

2020 Recipient: Dr. Missy Lucas

2022 Recipient: Phillip Wright

2023 Recipient: Nick Hostler

Clay Shoot Fundraiser

Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser is an outdoor annual clay shooting event featuring 4 person teams. In 2023, the event raised over $7,000, and funds benefited individuals with developmental disabilities served by Abilities First.

Friends of Abilities First


Jessy Glair – President

Craig Kelsay – Vice-President

Crystal Reynolds Roberts – Treasurer

Tom Jensen – Past President

Board Members

Martha Crise
Laura Curtis
Cathie Hampton
Mary Kay Hostler
Dr. Kyle John
Craig Kelsay
Ellie Widmer

Friends of Abilities First Meeting Schedule

Date Time Agenda
January 29 4:00 PM
February 26 4:00 PM
March 25 4:00 PM
April 22 4:00 PM
May 27 4:00 PM
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 Scheduled Meeting