Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Award Winner 2023

A disabled person in a wheelchair with a friend smiling, and a child with down syndrome is playing guitar.

Disability Programs and Services

for Southeast Missouri Residents

About Us

Our Mission

SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, Inc. (SADI) is a community-based, non-profit, non-residential center for independent living. SADI serves the counties of Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger, Scott and Mississippi. We’re committed to providing services to persons with disabilities, enabling them to remain in their own home and community, not in an institution.

IL

Independent
Living Services

CA

Client
Assistance

AT

Assistive
Technology (AT)

PC

Personal
Care Services

SS

Special Needs
Services

Our philosophy
is simple.

We believe:

Everyone has the right to make his or her own choices.

Everyone has the right to create change in their lives.

Everyone has the right to control their environment.

Young Downs Syndrome Couple Enjoying Tea And Cake In Kitchen At Home and two disabled individuals laughing and hugging.

Eligibility for
Services and Programs

All persons within our service area, regardless of disability, age, race, color, creed, gender, income, or sexual orientation are eligible for our services. There is no fee for our services to consumers and no individual will risk loss of benefits (i.e., SSI or SSDI, Medicaid, etc.) by receiving our services.

What’s Happening at SADI

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

7/25/24 Mississippi County Health Fair – 9am-3pm

Event is located at Mississippi County Health Department in Charleston Missouri.

8/5/2024 Chick-fil-A fundraiser – 4-7 pm

You have to place your order on the Chick-fil-A mobile app and toggle the support switch at checkout.

8/30/24 Transition Fair at Lynwood Baptist Church – 10am-1pm

Event is located at 2935 Lynwood Hills Dr. Cape Girardeau, MO. Please register by August 30 to be included in the lunch. Click Here to Learn More.

A Look Back

Highlights from our Recent Activities

Annual Blue Light Ball

4/19/24

SADI’s Annual Blue Light Ball was a success! We had an amazing time and danced the night away.

Mental Health Awareness Month for May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and SADI recognizes its importance by showing support and building awareness for the cause wearing the color.

Summer Fun Day

6/4/24
Today was SADI’s Summer Fun day. Everyone had a blast and the day turned out great! Thank you to Ty’s Summer Sno and MyTeam Triumph of MO for making the event extra special.

Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Award Winner 2023

A Wonderful Blessing

2023 Truett Cathy True Inspiration Award

Chick-fil-A started their True Inspiration Award program in 2015 to honor their founder, S. Truett Cathy. Through this program, Chick-fil-A awards grants that range from $30,000 to $350,000 annually to nonprofits that are either nominated by a local Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator or have applied themselves.

In 2022 SADI was nominated by Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator, Brian House, for the 2023 Truett Cathy True Inspiration Award.  SADI was planning to build an outdoor sensory garden/recreation area for our day hab consumers to enjoy so we were excited to have a chance at the award. In August of 2022, SADI was notified that we were chosen as one of the finalists and would receive $30,000. We were so excited to have that grant funding to put toward our sensory garden/recreation project. SADI, along with 45 other finalists then competed in a voting contest through the Chick-fil-A app where the public could vote on the organization of their choice to receive the top award.

In November 2022, Chick-fil-A contacted SADI saying they wanted to throw a “Planting Party” for day hab consumers in honor of the sensory garden project. Our $30,000 check would be presented to us that day. Chick-fil-A planned to send a production crew to take care of everything.

The day before the planting party, our Community Room was closed to staff and consumers so the production crew could work their magic. The next morning, when it was time to go into the Community Room for the party everyone was surprised. The room had been transformed into a greenhouse with lots of plants, flowers, and succulents all around. There were cute pots for consumer to choose from and planting stations set up with potting soil, trays, and watering cans. Each day hab consumer got to choose a pot and succulent to plant and take home. Even staff got in on the planting fun. Lunch was provided by Brian and his local Chick-fil-A restaurant. The whole event was filmed by the production crew sent by Chick-fil-A.

When our meal was completed, it was time for the check presentation. Unbeknown to SADI, several executives from Chick-fil-A’s corporate office were hiding in a back room.  When they came into the Community Room along with two Chick-fil-A cows, Brent Fielder, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, spoke to everyone and announced SADI had been chosen as the top winner of the Truett Kathy True Inspiration Award. Instead of $30,000, we were given a check for $350,000!

At first, SADI staff and consumers were in total disbelief but the room quickly erupted with cheering, clapping, and tears of joy. Staff were hugging, consumers were dancing with cows, and everyone was in complete shock. It was a wonderful experience that none of us will ever forget.

As a nonprofit, SADI is used to pinching pennies and working with thin margins. Receiving $350,000 from Chick-fil-A has been a wonderful blessing. Chick-fil-A continues to be one of the most benevolent businesses from the top down and each local Chick-fil-A restaurant pours into their own community. SADI will always be grateful for this wonderful opportunity.

2795

Consumers Served

383

Pieces of DME Given from Loan Closest

28,274

Services Provided

“SADI has allowed me to remain independent and in my own home without the fear of going into a nursing home. I have safety and security knowing I always have someone I know and trust to care for me. Through one of SADI’s programs, my sister has been able to be a caregiver for me. I cannot imagine how my life would be right now without SADI. “

Janet Cook

Questions about our services?

Not sure where to start?

SADI’s Information & Referral Specialist can help navigate through resources and programs and assist with required documentation and paperwork to get services started. SADI also assists our community partners with disability-related questions or needs

Call us at (573) 651-6464 to get started or get in touch with us today through our contact form.