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As the challenges of 2020 stretched into fall, “somebody up above was looking out for me.” Lando Crawford recently shared. “This COVID stuff was driving me crazy. I couldn’t go on trips, shouldn’t hang out with friends. I lost one of my jobs. I didn’t know how much longer I could take it.” Then, a smile spread across his face and he said, “I’m so glad that Lizzy came.”

After graduating from Americorps, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Henderson had worked a few regular jobs but was looking to make a bigger impact. She heard from others that ABLE, Inc. offered the meaningful work she was seeking. She was intrigued and soon joined our team as a Direct Support Professional. The beauty was that she brought her passion for art and music with her! As she began supporting Lando in his home, they would pass the time by doing artwork together, each with their own canvas, working side by side, something she had done in the past when teaching painting classes. It was a perfect fit because building relationships through side by side walks with people is the heart of our business and success at ABLE, Inc.

“Doing art has helped me out a lot. I can paint and it gets my mind off things that are frustrating.  In the past, a lot of that stuff was hard for me. It feels nice to have something else to do when I feel that way.” Lando shared, “I lost a young family member, Will, who unexpectedly passed away. Lizzy and I did a painting that day and I couldn’t help it, the tears were flowing. I could put my heart into it and it felt good to give the painting to Will’s mom and dad and brother.” Lando shared that he never thought that he would be painting like this. Although, he has had a passion for art for a long time and has wanted to be recognized as an artist. He most recently participated in the Dickinson Chalk Walk this past summer with some help of friends, drawing a New York City skyline with Garfield and Odie. “I want my paintings to be seen by others and to make them smile. That’s what it’s about, my friend. I want people to know that I did it for them.”

“Elizabeth has been my teacher and friend. We just work together so nicely. Our paintings are the best because we put a lot of love into each one and we plan to donate a percentage of our sales to charity.”

ABLE, Inc. is blessed to have many employees with depth of experiences. We have found that the universe works in unique ways, bringing people into our lives when they are needed most. When our employees use their own gifts in their work, magical things happen! Creativity soothes the soul.  Relationships heal.

If you are interested in supporting Lando’s art, he has pieces for sale at the ABLE Furniture Store in the T-Rex mall. He also had pieces on display in March at the Community Art Show in the Dickinson Museum Center. He is building an artist Facebook page in the near future. You may also follow Elizabeth Henderson on her page at: https://www.facebook.com/lizzysartwork

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