AFIRE Mission

Our Mission is Helping Others

AFIRE is 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, non-denominational support organization which is composed of parents, professionals, and friends working together to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

The AFIRE organizationĀ supports and networks with other organizations whose priority is also to support people with disabilities.Ā  Some examples are:Ā  Provider Fairs, Family Cafe, Family Care Council, ARC of Florida, Florida Unites, AdvocareTrust and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Since the inception of AFIRE, the organization has provided volunteering

help and thousands of dollars in financial support to Adult Day Training classes and programs serving persons with developmental disabilities in Pinellas County.

AFIREĀ lobbies state and local legislators for budgeting of sufficient funding to assist persons with developmental disabilities with adult education, day programs, supported living, supported employment and other specific needs.

History of AFIRE

AFIRE was started by the efforts of just one parent. The family moved to Pinellas County in 1982 and found there were no services for an adult daughter with Down Syndrome. The father started his crusade by having his daughter sweep the sand off Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. He took pictures and sent them to the local newspapers. In doing so, he showed the community his daughter could do a quality job at work just as any other person. Within a few months AFIRE was formed.

AFIRE has been in existence since 1984 and has helped and served thousands of persons with intellectual disabilities. As funds become available the organization provides scholarships to individuals who have lost or are not on the Medicaid Waiver program to attend Adult Day Training Centers. How do we get these funds? All of our support depends on donations, membership fees, and income from our fundraising.

AFIRE does not receive government funding for its activities and services. All AFIRE Officers and Directors are parents, friends, and family members. All are volunteers and receive no compensation.



AFIRE members, friends, and families receive useful information and support through quarterly newsletters, calendars, meetings and emails providing updates to new state programs and community based services.