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Who We Are

Our Mission Statement

Guido and friends and the Annual Conference The Family Café exists to provide individuals with disabilities and their families with an opportunity for collaboration, advocacy, friendship and empowerment by serving as a facilitator of communication, a space for dialogue and a source of information.

Our Value Statement

In all of its activities, The Family Café adheres to a guiding set of principles. Those values are as follows: 

  1. Informed individuals and their families make better choices.
  2. All people, independent of their abilities and needs, deserve timely, accurate information regarding the options available to them.
  3. Individuals and their families require a forum where they can gather to network and share concerns, educate themselves about available services, and find a united voice to influence public policy and positively alter the service delivery system.
  4. Families and individuals living with disabilities and special health care needs should exist in an environment that demands excellence over adequacy, honours the individual over governmental procedure, and provides support through compassion, not compulsion.
  5. Communities and neighbourhoods must continue to expand their capacity to be responsive to the needs of their residents with disabilities and their families.
  6. All individuals, regardless of their abilities, deserve the opportunity to maximize the quality of their lives.
  7. All individuals, regardless of their abilities, deserve the opportunity to find gainful employment.
  8. It is the responsibility of The Family Café to maximize its service to individuals and families by using funds wisely and pursuing a variety of revenue sources, including grant opportunities and alternative fundraising initiatives.

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The Family Cafe Board of Directors

Jim DeBeaugrine, Board Chair

Lisa Blair

Lori Fahey

Staar Fields

Jeannie Forthuber

Eddie Hall

Yolanda Herrera

Sharon Land Rousey

Lou Ann Long

Claudia Roberts

Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez

Angelita Salado

Katharine Patricia Smith

Tim Turner

Gil Willams


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