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Why I Give

"Black Hills Works not only provides hundreds of work opportunities each year, it helps connect people with disabilities with the community around them. That matters."


(Letter from Donor)

Dear Black Hills Works,

What was once a temporary frustration in my life—my inability to drive—has turned into a major source of encouragement and inspiration.

I had a stroke two years ago and haven’t been able to start driving again. Which is why, when I go to swim four times a week, I take the local Dial-a-Ride bus. It’s on these trips that I experience the best part of my day—conversations with several people supported by Black Hills Works. They are people who have become new friends.

As I work through my own challenges of recovery, I am inspired and encouraged by the kindness and conversations I have found with them each week. It’s one of the reasons I have decided to support Black Hills Works financially—I believe their mission is so vital to our community. Black Hills Works not only provides hundreds of work opportunities each year, it helps connect people with disabilities with the community around them. That matters.

Even more so, it’s a source of guidance in all areas of the lives of the people they support. There’s not a doubt in my mind that many of the people supported have become stronger, smarter and better versions of themselves because of the support they have found at Black Hills Works.

One of my favorite parts of Black Hills Works is the Suzie Cappa Art Center and Gallery, where I find creativity, art inspiration and Christmas gifts each year. Someday, when I am fully recovered, I will volunteer at the art center. Until then, I can support the organization and incredible people it supports with my voice and my financial gifts.

Forming relationships with the people I have met with disabilities has reminded me of my work in the Rapid City School District, where I served as a teacher for the deaf for 15 years. Through sign language, we were able to teach, communicate, challenge and develop relationships with students. It’s the same perseverance and strength I see demonstrated by the people on the bus each week—a willingness to overcome a challenge to become part of the community.

I have loved getting to know the people on the bus better, and am reminded that friendship among people of all abilities is imperative for our society to thrive.

Black Hills Works has reminded me that I can move forward from my stroke, and it has helped me connect with people I might not have otherwise. It means that the organization is doing exactly what it should be doing.

And that’s a beautiful thing.

Sincerely,

Vicki Bailie


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