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Had the pleasure of speaking to the Horizons school last night. These young adults will live independently and be a valuable asset to any community they choose. Thank you to Dr. Geiger and his team for allowing me to speak on behalf of Disability Rights and Resources.
Disability Rights & Resources (DRR) and its board of directors are pleased to announce the hiring of John A. Roper as DRR’s new executive director. John will assume his leadership role beginning Jan. 3, 2022.
John brings a wealth of experience in leading nonprofits that advance rights and opportunities for a diverse range of people. This experience directly complements DRR’s mission as a nonprofit dedicated to serving people with disabilities and advancing opportunities for independent living.
“Every day, the incredible team at Disability Rights & Resources is on the front lines of creating positive change,” John said. “This is an organization filled with men and women who have devoted their lives to making a meaningful difference for people with disabilities, and the team’s insights, initiatives, and compassion set the organization apart. My focus will be to further empower DRR and its teams to serve people in helpful and innovative ways. Many of us come from different backgrounds, but we are all united by the power of hope and freedom, and we will build on DRR’s foundation for success and reach new heights in serving our communities – together.”
John succeeds Dan Kessler who recently announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2021.
John most recently served as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Arc of the Emerald Coast in Florida, where he oversaw a staff of 180-250 people. The Arc’s mission is to provide a path from disability to capability. As the leader of the Emerald Coast chapter, Roper established and maintained positive working relationships and collaborative arrangements with a wide range of advocates for people with disabilities. He also developed an operational plan incorporating goals and objectives that work toward the strategic direction of the Arc and ensured programs and services advanced the organization’s mission.
John's experience also includes serving as executive director of Lighthouse Counseling Center, Inc. Lighthouse delivered extensive services reaching people facing a number of challenges. In addition to its alcohol rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment services, Lighthouse reached people with co-occuring mental health needs. Lighthouse also conducted outreach for pregnant women; in addition, the organization delivered housing solutions for homeless clients. Further, Lighthouse provided services to meet the needs of people with HIV or AIDS.
Prior to Lighthouse, John served as Vice President of Southeast Affordable Housing for the Volunteers of America Southeast. Roper managed and directed planning, building and housing for recipients across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
Each of these roles involved working with people who lack many of the advantages and opportunities of the average American. In addition, each role required complex strategies to effectively carry out key strategic initiatives that made a measurable difference in people’s lives. John's success in leading these organizations is a key factor that prompted DRR’s board to select him for the executive director role.
“John will use his passion for serving others, knowledge of nonprofits, grant-writing experience, and fundraising skills to bring Disability Rights & Resources to the next level,” said Kathy Lovell, board president for Disability Rights & Resources. “His extensive leadership background, combined with his deep personal commitment to service, make him uniquely qualified to lead our organization. United around a vision for empowering and serving more people with disabilities, we are confident DRR will reach new heights as we move forward.”
Besides having experience operating nonprofits, John has a direct connection to disability and is no stranger to independent living needs. He has a daughter with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic bone disorder that affects one throughout his or her lifetime. She requires daily assistance and the use of a wheelchair and is an amazingly successful high school student. Roper has advocated and continues to advocate for her full inclusion in society. He ensures every day that she lives the independent living philosophy and has enabled her to meet the challenges of living with a significant disability.
In addition to his work experience, John has been involved with other nonprofits and board affiliations. He is a graduate of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, as well as the Rotary Leadership Institute. He served as a member of the Affordable Housing Committee - Montgomery Homeless Coalition, River Region United Way Executive Committee, One Place Family Justice Center Advisory Board and Okaloosa County Early Learning Coalition Board. He has held various volunteer positions such as: membership chair of the Alabama Association of Non-Profits, secretary of The Arc of Florida State Board of Director and Executive Committee, chairman of The Arc of Florida Advocacy Committee, director of Chilton County Law Enforcement Explorer Program, president of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club and team member of the Chilton County Area Drug Free School Community team.
John earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minored in criminal justice at Troy University and earned his Associate’s in Business from Wallace State Community College in Selma, Ala.
Please join us in welcoming John to DRR!
Disability Rights and Resources and its board of directors is pleased to announce the hiring of John A. Roper as its new Executive Director. He will begin this new role on January 3, 2022.
Other individuals have released misinformation/disinformation, which confused John A. Roper with another John Roper in Florida. This information should be ignored.
Let’s take this opportunity to tell you about the facts.
Mr. Roper brings a wealth of experience in running non-profits that benefit and work to advance rights and opportunities for individuals, including those with disabilities.
He formerly served as the CEO of the ARC of the Emerald Coast, where he oversaw an $7.5 million annual operating budget with a staff of 180-250 employees.
The ARC of the Emerald Coast ‘s mission is to provide a path from disability to capability, and it has a vision to empower those with developmental disabilities to live meaningful lives.
Likewise, he served as Executive Director for the Lighthouse Counseling Center, Inc.
And before that he served as Vice President of the Southeast Affordable Housing, Volunteers of America Southeast, which provides affordable housing options.
All these roles involved working with people who lack many of the advantages and opportunities of the average American.
Besides having experience operating non-profits, Mr. Roper has a direct connection to disability.
He has a daughter with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic bone disorder that affects one throughout his or her lifetime. She requires daily assistance and use of a wheelchair but is an amazing successful high school student.
He has advocated and continues to advocate for her full inclusion in society. He ensures every day that she lives the independent living philosophy and has enabled her to meet the challenges of living with a significant disability.
Mr. Roper is no stranger to independent living for persons with disabilities.
He will use his passion for serving others, knowledge of non-profits, grant writing, and fundraising skills to bring Disability Rights and Resources to the next level.
Please welcome him on board.
Huge thanks to our amazing volunteers from CarMax for building this beautiful ramp! Thanks for being part of changing a life!
A graphical model for disability justice! Understanding this movement is vital to preserving disability rights and building our movement as we grow in learning, knowledge, and community.
Disability justice means intersectionality (understanding that there are layers of oppression that people experience and we are all united in the struggle against it), leadership of those most impacted, anti-capitalism, cross-movement organizing, wholeness (caring about the whole person and our independence), sustainability (building this movement!), cross-disability solidarity, interdependence (nothing without us, none of us are free until all of us are), collective access, and collective liberation!
A reminder that Day of Action: Fight for Emergency Rental Assistance is coming up TOMORROW at 11am! We can't wait to see our community show up for fair, accessible, and FAST distribution of ERA funding to those who need it most!
Don't forget to check out our website; it has our sign-on letter, social media toolkit, shareable graphics for Facebook and Twitter, talking points, and much, much more!
Accessible Alabama Just sent us this information. Thank you! Applications are opening for the Public Housing in Fultondale! Please see the instructions below and don't hesitate to call us! 205-251-2223
10/19/2021 - Nov 15-18 ONLY Taking Applications for Fultondale Public Housing
Better Communities, Brighter Futures - Moving Beyond Expectations!
Taking Applications for Public Housing in the following Fultondale Communities:
• Brookside Village
• Fultondale Village
• Hickory Grove
• Red Hollow
Want to know more about those properties?
Details for each property are available using the links above.
Beginning Monday, November 15th, 2021, you may pick up a Public Housing Application, Monday through Thursday November 18th, 2021, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm from The Jefferson County Housing Authority's (JCHA) Fultondale Office. The applications are for the following sites: Fultondale, Brookside, Red Hollow, and Hickory Grove: 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units.
You will have to call 205-841-2595 to make an appointment to bring the application back for processing. At that time, you MUST have the following documentation to bring WITH you to your appointment. All members of the applicants' family 18 and older must be present at the application interview.
Items Needed for Appointment/Interview:
Please call to make an appointment to bring the application back with the following documentation for processing. All Adults 18 yrs and older must be present.
• We CANNOT accept an application without proper Identification.
• Valid state driver's license, State ID or Military ID for each household member 18 years and older. (Copies are NOT acceptable)
• Original birth certificates for each family member (Copies are NOT acceptable)
• If Birth name does not match social security card, you must be able to show the documentation for name change.
• Original Social Security Cards for each family member (Copies are NOT acceptable)
• Marriage Certificate and/or Divorce Decree, Statement of Separation (whichever applies)
• Name and Mailing address of current employer
• Verification of current income- 3 consecutive paystubs (SS, SSI, TANF, Food Stamps, Child Support, Unemployment, etc.)
• Name and address of current childcare provider
• Correct names and addresses of current and former Landlords, for the past five years
NO APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED IF ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION IS NOT SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF THE INTERVIEW
Directions of Fultondale Office:
Take I-65 North and exit at Walker Chapel Road. Take a left crossing back over the interstate. Take the first left which takes you into public housing community. The community center will be two blocks down on the right. 2100 Stoney Brook Lane, Fultondale, AL 35068
Application Open: November 15th, 2021
Application Close: November 18th, 2021
Fultondale application is available online
Applications Taken At:
Jefferson County Housing Authority (Fultondale Office)
4501 Little Drive
Fultondale, AL 35068
Contact: Catherine Duncan at 205-841-2595 or email Catherine
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