How Specialized Property Management in Orlando Gives Back
At Specialized Property Management in Orlando, we do everything we can to assist rental property owners with their investments. Our ultimate goal is to take the headaches and hassles out of owning a rental property, while increasing your personal profit. While we believe strongly in providing comprehensive services to our clients, we are also adamant about serving the community around us to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank
Our professional team members are known for their honesty and integrity. We are committed to changing people’s lives all over the world. That’s why we became involved in the National Ability Center.
The National Ability Center
Located in the beautiful state of Utah with three basecamps in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Moab, the NAC adapts recreation and outdoor adventures to make them accessible to people of all abilities.
The mission of the National Ability Center (NAC) is, “To empower individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs.” The team at the NAC works with people of all abilities and from all different walks of life. With specialized equipment, techniques, teaching methods, and over 1,900 volunteers to run successful programs, the NAC promotes unity among friends and family members. Known as the best property management in Orlando, our company at SPM supports the following NAC Programs:
ADAPTIVE RECREATION: Individuals with disabilities and their family, friends, and caregivers are encouraged to recreate together. Adaptive equipment is available for all programs so, regardless of your ability, you can access a wide variety of recreation, such as: Cycling, Indoor Rock Climbing, Challenge Course, Archery, Paddle Sports, Water Sports, Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, Sled Hockey, and Aquatics. The Specialized Property Management in Orlando team believes the NAC’s mission to help all people develop skills and discover the benefits of a full and active lifestyle is paramount to a happy life.
SPLORE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: These programs take you off the beaten path for a slightly longer timeframe – sometimes overnight. Guides draw from the organization’s decades of experience to adapt adventures, making them accessible to people of a wide range of abilities. Adventures include: Rafting, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Climbing, Paddle Sports, Camping & Backpacking, Nordic Skiing. Fat Tire Biking, Snowshoeing, and Open Adventures.
EQUESTRIAN: Choose from four equestrian-assisted activities (EAAT) including adaptive horseback riding, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), hippotherapy, and trail riding. As the only PATH International Premiere Center in Utah, the NAC is committed to providing the highest level of programming and industry standards. You’ll be paired with a horse, instructor, and volunteers to set you up for success.
MILITARY: Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans from every era are welcome to participate in ANY of our programs. These programs provide recreational, rehabilitative, and therapeutic programs to service members AND their families that include ongoing lessons, specialized camps, mobile programs, and adaptive wilderness expeditions.
COMMUNITY & TRAINING: Fun community programs help equip participants with life skills and friendships.
Specialized Property Management in Orlando and the Wounded Warrior Project
Most people have heard of the Wounded Warrior Project, which is provided to veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. Through the NAC, veterans can participate in this project absolutely FREE. Often, veterans feel that coming back to normal life after war can be depressing and demoralizing when they return with a disability or can’t do the same things they could do before they left. It can be hard to fit in and readjust to life after service in the military.
No matter the exercise or activity a veteran chooses, the NAC programs allow service members to strengthen relationships with their family members. The Wounded Warrior project helped AirForce Veteran Layne Hill adjust to a new way of living after he lost the ability to walk. Heidi Hill, Layne’s wife, says,“Going as a family to the National Ability Center has been a blessing because it takes us somewhere where Layne can participate with us on a family level. Because so often when I’ll go to take the children to do an activity, Layne just doesn’t come. It’s wonderful, because we can go with the children and I know the entire time we’re there, whether it’s for a weekend or for an afternoon, it’s going to be completely based around his abilities.”
Jeremy Houskeeper, NAC employee, says the activities encourage hope and healing, “One of the beautiful things about the Wounded Warrior Project and the partnership that we have with the Wounded Warrior Project is that we’re not just allowing people to come here and recreate, we’re not just allowing some people to come and play, we’re bringing the families back together and we’re giving them hope.”
Specialized Property Management in Orlando supports the Wounded Warrior Project’s programs which allow families to come together in new ways. Click on the video below to find out more:
At Specialized Property Management in Orlando, we give to the Wounded Warrior Project because it’s, “. . . an opportunity for us to give back to those that have given so much. . . . For us, it’s personal. Many of us know or have family that has returned from war and we want to do all we can to support the community we live in,” says Mike Jeppson, COO of Specialized Property Management. “If our support can help even one wounded warrior return to full health both physically and mentally, then our efforts were worth it. After all, they gave everything they had for us—why shouldn’t we respond in kind?”
How the National Ability Center Helps Individuals Forget Their Disabilities
During the year 2017, over 7,000 individuals of all abilities were helped through the National Ability Center. Camren and Murray Glad are brothers who were both born with spina bifida and have learned to ski at the NAC despite their physical challenges.
“The National Ability Center gave Camren the confidence that there were other people like him out there and that it was ok to be him. . .” says Tonja Glad, Camren and Murray’s mother. “I think the NAC and the people there have helped the boys to recognize that they really can do anything and they really can be anybody.”
NAC ski instructor Devon Keir says, “There is nothing like the moment you see someone fall in love with sliding on snow. Why shouldn’t somebody get to experience this joy just because they need to access it in a different way?”
Watch the video below to see how the Glad brothers have thrived through the adaptive recreation programs at the National Ability Center:
How You Can Help Support the NAC Today
Specialized Property Management in Orlando believes in the future of the National Ability Center. When you support the NAC, your donation helps these projects become a reality:
- A Discovery Loop: A safe, controlled recreation trail for mountain biking, cycling and nature walks
- An Expanded Equestrian Center: Includes a therapy room, restrooms and a family respite space
- A New Recreation Center: Full-size, multi-use indoor sports court for yoga, camps, events and more
- A New Mountain Center: Improved “ski-in, ski-out” accessibility for riders using a range of adaptive equipment at the base of Park City Mountain
- Campground and Major Ranch Improvements: Cabins, yurts, platform tents and training spaces for individuals facing unique challenges to be able to fully utilize camping and recreational facilities throughout Utah’s public lands and beyond
Click on the link to this video to help the National Ability Center today: iCan
Specialized Property Management in Orlando Backs the Mission of the NAC
The National Ability Center embraces the motto, “I Can”, and gives people unique opportunities to adapt to their (dis)abilities and form relationships with others in a process that they can’t find anywhere else. For the best property management in Orlando, choose SPM Orlando and choose to support the NAC! Donate to the NAC today and encourage others to do the same, and we can all make the world a better place.