The Best of Our Abilities Contest

We’re calling on all disability Supportive Living communities to take part in this contest by nominating a person with disabilities who demonstrates some of the following criteria:

  • Helping others in the community
  • Participating in activities displaying their skills and expertise
  • Demonstrating empathy and sensitivity to others
  • Acting as a positive role model
  • Having an uplifting and positive attitude

If you have residents who display any of these characteristics, we encourage you to nominate them today!

The first place winner will be selected from one of the 9 disability Supportive Living communities and will be announced in mid-November.

The winner will receive a prize that can be enjoyed by the entire community! In addition, we have designed a customizable “Best of Our Abilities” certificate of achievement that can be downloaded and personalized by each community to ensure EVERYONE who is entered can receive special recognition!

Submit a Nomination



Download the Certificate:

Microsoft Word version

PDF version

2017 Co-Winner


Karen Moneyhon

Karen has always loved teaching art and is more than happy to share her talents with all the residents. In fact, she has stated that sharing her craft is one of her favorite parts of being part of the dear path community. She dreamed of teaching art and now she has the opportunity. Her great pleasure is giving people a sense of purpose, well-being and hope. Before coming to Deer Path, she felt “she was living under a black cloud and now there is sunshine in her life.” These days she says, “I get up with a smile!” And is eager to help residents at Deer Path.




2017 Co-Winner


Margie Wade

Margie, a former school teacher, has put that training to good use. She has accomplished so much since she began residing at Deer Path. She set up a GED class that meets twice a week as well as a resource center to assist residents with questions about education and healthcare. Adding to her busy schedule, she also co-hosts bingo each Tuesday night with another resident and she hosted the first Geography Bee. Margie is spirited. In fact, she takes it upon herself to decorate the building for the holidays. Margie has said that since moving to Deer Path, she gets to serve people and overall her life has found purpose again.


Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
601 W. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

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