Break Through's Beginnings
D. Anderson had three goals.
* He wanted to begin a non-profit organization.
* He wanted to write a book.
* He wanted to earn a degree
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* Break Through Inc. began in 1978 .
* Incorporated in July of 1980 as a non-profit.
* In 1981, Ben
co-authored "Breaking Through"
*In 1992 he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation with a concentration in Community Based Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
* In 2007 He wrote his second
Break Through Inc. began in February 1978. It was a dream of Ben's to start a Christian organization to help others to understand people with disabilities. It took him awhile to deal with his own attitude about his disability. He knew he had to change, as it would become the center point of his message.
Break Through Inc.'s mission:
mission is one of rehabilitation education and advocacy for and about
people with disabilities to encourage and enlighten the public about
people with disabilities in that they are people first and have rights
Break Through Inc. is a 501 (c) (3)
Break Through celebrated its 35th year in March of 2013
The next ten will be great
As I reflect on these last 30 years, I'm not only amazed about where this organization has been, but by the people that have touched my life and allowed me to be a part of theirs.
One important piece of the organization in the early years was to do home visits. To sit down with families, listen to them, discuss their child, and try to give them some encouragement. I have always enjoyed getting together with families because many of them become life long friends.
It is always fun to meet with different congregations and to represent people with disabilities. What a humbling experience it is to have someone come up afterwards and say, "Your words have touched my life."
Whether it is at school, camp, church, or an event it is joyful and challenging to work at youth gatherings. Youth are full of fun and excitement and many times I get caught up in their energy. You can't help but get caught up in their energy. Kids add a new point of view and new hope.
After being at many businesses and universities I can see that people are interested in learning how to relate better to others with disabilities and how to deal with their own disabilities.
It is really hard to know the impact of the message I have given over the years, but one hopes that it helps people. Many times I have received notes from someone I have been with in the recent past and they talk about what my message meant to them on a personal level.
My wife Dee and I look forward to meeting many more friends in the next decade
Ben D. Anderson
Break Through Inc.
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