Anne Safrit began her part of the Able to Serve story in 2016 following an education career in the Wake County Public School System. During her leadership here, she has served alongside everyone in our growing Day Program, as a Program Instructor in the Faith, Grace and Joy classrooms. Walk down memory lane with us as Anne shares her Able to Serve experience.
“I started my journey with ATS after I retired from the Wake County Public School System in 2016. Brenda Hammond introduced me to Carlton McDaniel and ATS where I started job sharing with Brenda in the Joy classroom. I became a Program Instructor in the Grace classroom in February 2017 and served there until 2022. After a medical leave, I returned to open the Faith class on Mondays and Fridays in February 2023.
In working at ATS, I have been able to use all of my management, creative writing skills, and Bible knowledge to lead my classroom. I have been challenged to search for new ways to teach life skills, leadership, and a love for the community that ATS instills in our Participants.
My favorite memory is of the first Christmas play I helped with in 2016. It was simply the Christmas story delivered in true ATS fashion at the Lord of Life church. We shared Jesus’ birth with a narrator while the Participants acted out the story. Then we played the bells to a Christmas carol. The parents loved the performance. Our simple play showed that adults with disabilities can do anything if given the opportunity. God’s love was felt by all that evening!”
"I have grown to love each participant as they make their way in our world. These experiences have opened my eyes and my heart as we learn to lead and serve together.
God has blessed me in hearing testimonials from the Participants of how they go out into the world and share God's love. I simply and humbly pray that He will continue to use me to share His message through ATS, our community and the world."
Through Anne’s dedicated work here, we all have witnessed the power of giving abilities a chance in our community. We are grateful everyday that we get the opportunity to serve alongside Anne, learn from her gifts and have good fun along the way.
If you know Anne like we do, we’re sure you have a favorite moment with her at Able to Serve. Share it in the comments below!
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Anne is precious to our family. She has such a sweet and loving spirit. We love Anne and so do all of the ATS participants.