WISH LIST: $200: classroom supplies for 15 trainees; $500: transportation for an entire class to attend all job interviews; $1000: computer training for 2 groups of trainees
Dr. Covelli knew from his own experience in managing a disability (blindness) that it’s a rough journey – especially if you are also an immigrant struggling with a new language and culture. ARRIBA was created to help Hispanic and Caribbean people with disabilities to access resources, find jobs, and live independently. It is the only community-based organization that provides independent living skills and workforce development services in the clients’ own language: since 1999 it has helped over 3,500 clients work toward self-sufficiency. ARRIBA teaches them how to gain access to community resources – financial assistance, transportation, housing, health. Programs in job readiness, search, placement, and retention follow. ARRIBA has helped 80% of trainees find gainful employment (the unemployment rate for disabled Hispanics nationwide is a stunning 80%). One-on-one help, the removal of language and cultural barriers, partnerships with other community-based organizations – all these are aspects of ARRIBA’s approach to rehabilitation. Arriba is Spanish for “up”, but it also means “cheer up”, “rise up”, and “move up”: your generosity makes these things possible.
Dr. Cristobal Covelli
1010 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 516
Washington, DC 20001