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Disability Resources in dire need of volunteers

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 11 2013 04:17:08 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 14 2013 09:03:11 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Disability Resources Inc., a local organization that provides care to intellectually challenged adults, needs volunteers more than ever. 

Ian McKay a client who moved into DRI a year ago, said it isn't just any organization.

"It’s been home to me," said McKay.

The clients and volunteers have become like family to McKay.

"They’re just like my kids. I mean if you're having a bad day, you come out here, five minutes later you just don't even realize," said Kathy Deatherage who volunteers at DRI.

Right now the organization has around 30 monthly volunteers, they need about 100 more.

"Whether it's just an hour or 30 minutes, whatever they can spare, we can sure use them," said Deatherage

Volunteers help teach clients to work so that one day they can move out on their own.

"I like making BBQ sauce, we make bread and butter pickles and of course we've got our pumpkin patch," said Jeremy Antilley who has lived at DRI for seven years.

Fundraisers like the pumpkin patch help support the organization. The pumpkin patch raises about $10,000 - 15,000 a year, but Deatherage said it does something much more important than that. It allows residents to interact with the public.

“We are just like they are, we just look a little different and act a little different," said Deatherage.

To sign up as a volunteer for DRI, visit www.supportdri.org