Boca Raton, FL (December 8, 2021) The Habilitation Center (HabCenter) hosted along with Goody Two Shoes Foundation, Inc., a fashion show and luncheon “FashionAble Blooms” on December 3 at the HabCenter Garden in Boca Raton.
Families and friends of the designers and models enjoyed sitting in the beautiful HabCenter Garden as 20 HabCenter clients (adults with special needs) took to the stage to showcase sustainable fashions they created throughout a FashionAble Program facilitated by Sandra Raffaelli and her team from aZul – Fashion, Art & Design. “We were honored to witness the empowerment the clients experience in our FashionAble program,” says Alison Burckhardt, Director, and volunteer at aZul.
The 200 guests and supporters of HabCenter in attendance were amazed and inspired by the creativity and talent of all the designers and models of this fundraising event.
“Our clients have some of the most creative and inspirational ideas that I have ever encountered,” said Susan Rode, Director of Advancement at HabCenter. “Our work at the HabCenter is so rewarding, and it really showed today. There was magic in the air. What better day to celebrate empowerment, as the fashion event took place on International Day of Persons with Disabilities; a day filled with optimism for a world where a person is not characterized by their disabilities but their abilities.”
This FashionAble runway show and luncheon was in partnership with aZul Fashion, Art & Design, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides training programs in fashion design, industrial design, and the arts for adults with disabilities and their families. Their programs foster empowerment on their path to artistic recognition, dignity, and financial independence. Join fashion and abilities at www.azulfashionartdesign.org
HabCenter Boca Raton is a nonprofit organization that opened its doors in 1978 to equip adults with special needs with the knowledge, skills, and behavior needed to lead useful and productive lives with dignity, respect, and independence. HabCenter provides a safe, enriching environment to empower the spirit of those individuals it serves and encourage their unlimited potential. Essential programs the HabCenter offers are Social Services, including mental-wellness counseling, Developmental Training, Programs in Education, Art and Recreation (P.E.A.R.), and Vocational Training within HabCo Manufacturing and the HabCenter Plant Nursery that provide horticultural training. HabCenter also offers local businesses and universities partnership opportunities through HabCo Manufacturing, the Nursery and counseling, special education and occupational therapy internship programs. HabCenter also has a Supported Employment program which provides competitive integrated employment (CIE) opportunities for clients who can work in the community by preparing them with the knowledge, skills and behaviors they need to be successful. To learn more, visit www.habcenter.org.