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Slide 61 million Americans suffer from disabilities
and are denied opportunities to work and
live productive and meaningful lives.
Helping Families in Need While Many Complain About Their Jobs,
On My Own is providing valuable resources
to help secure jobs.
Adults in Distress On My Own empowers individuals with
disabilities to live the life they deserve.
Teaching, practice, engagement, community participation, socialization, and empowerment. On My Own is committed to helping individuals with disabilities experience a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life. Adults in Distress

Slide On My Own empowers individuals with
disabilities to live the life they deserve.
On My Own is committed to helping individuals with disabilities experience a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life.
Slide 61 million Americans suffer from disabilities
and are denied opportunities to work and
live productive and meaningful lives.
On My Own is committed to helping individuals with disabilities experience a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life.

Our Mission

The mission of On My Own is to provide training to adults with disabilities to support the attainment of independent living skills, overall employability, job sustainability, and community engagement with the overarching goal of successful employment and independent living.

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Millions Dream of Having A Job and Living Independently, But Sadly…Some Never Will

A staggering 61 million adults in the United States live with a disability, or approximately 26% of the population. Adults living with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, have heart disease, and suffer from diabetes (CDC, 2019). Sadly, they are also more likely to die 16 years earlier than the general population. The employment gap between the working-age individuals with and without disabilities is 42% (Disability Status Report, 2017). These inequities are simply not fair.

On My Own is passionate about changing the way adults with disabilities are perceived in the community and in the workplace by demonstrating to others that a disability is not a limitation, but a gift.

On My Own’s independent living skills and job training programs are helping to pave the way for individuals with disabilities to create a life of independence, freedom, and employment.

Our Foundational Beliefs

Passion

Committing to the whole person: heart, mind, body, and spirit

Integrity

Remaining true to our morals and values, with the client remaining the central focus in all that we do..

Leadership

Demonstrating courage to shape a better future for our clients and our communities.

A Will To Win

Exhibit a will to win in our community, in our marketplace, and in the lives of all who cross our path.

About Us

The founders of On My Own are blessed to be the parents of an beautiful daughterwith a disability. As parents, they share this beautiful and challenging journey with many of you! Kristi Messer, Hannah’s mother and CEO of On My Own, strives to create opportunities for personal and professional growth for all adults with disabilities. Through years of advocacy, training opportunities, and unconditional love, Hannah has successfully maintained employment for more than four years at Publix and at Nova Southeastern University. The concept of On My Own was born out of a desire to replicate Hannah’s success and provide critical hands-on activities, training, education, and social engagement to other adults with disabilities. On My Own is excited, passionate, and determined to help adults with disabilities achieve dreams they never thought possible!

WHY SUPPORT US?

Our Promise

We promise to positively impact adults with disabilities in our community by providing the following services:

Independent Living Skills Training

Living alone is challenging without a disability, imagine with one. We are committed to helping our students become independent by providing a wide variety of services and training.

On-Site Job Skills Training

What better way to prepare for the work force than to train in one! On My Own is committed to ensuring our students are prepared for their first job debut for when the big day arrives!

Socialization

On My Own provides a virtual and face-to-face platform for our students to share life together. Relationships, no matter who you are, make life worth living.

Independent Living Housing Opportunities

On My Own is currently looking at housing solutions to provide alults with disabilities the opportunity to live independently and experience the freedom they deserve.

WHY SUPPORT US?

Our Promise

We promise to positively impact adults with disabilities in our community by providing the following services:

Independent Living Skills Training

Living alone is challenging without a disability, imagine with one. We are committed to helping our students become independent by providing a wide variety of services and training.

On-Site Job Skills Training

What better way to prepare for the work force than to train in one! On My Own is committed to ensuring our students are prepared for their first job debut for when the big day arrives!

Socialization

On My Own provides a virtual and face-to-face platform for our students to share life together. Relationships, no matter who you are, make life worth living.

Independent Living Housing Opportunities

On My Own is currently looking at housing solutions to provide alults with disabilities the opportunity to live independently and experience the freedom they deserve.

Testimonials

Meet the Founders

Kristi Messer

Kristi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with graduate degrees in public health and social work (MPH, MSW) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Kristi is also currently completing her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University. Kristi relocated to Florida in 2010 from Washington D.C where she spent years working with the Department of Health and Human Services to successfully launch community health centers across the nation. As a passionate public health professional, Kristi currently serves the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) as an Academic Administrator and Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. For years, Kristi worked as a consultant for Special Olympics on the development and implementation of a health and wellness curriculum for adults with disabilities. Prior to her Federal service and academic career as a professor, Kristi was a special education high school teacher and special education advocate/consultant working closely with families to advocate for the educational needs of their children. Kristi has dedicated her professional life to underserved and vulnerable population groups through her involvement with the homeless, individuals with disabilities, communities affected by disasters, and persons impacted by mental illness. Kristi is proud to be a parent of an adult child with intellectual impairment and is a tireless advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Kristi is dedicated to positively impacting children, families, and adults through education, advocacy, and opportunity.

Kristi Messer - Founder

Eduardo Fajardo - CFO

Eduardo Fajardo

On My Own operates under the financial leadership of Eduardo Fajardo. Eduardo is a Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO with more than twenty-five years of senior-level financial management experience in the telecom and banking sectors. Eduardo will represent On My Own in all financial matters by setting fiscal policy and preparing and directing the reporting and analysis of the organization’s financial position. Eduardo is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional. Eduardo is a seasoned educational tutor, helping students to achieve and realize their full academic potential. Eduardo comes to On My Own from Cable & Wireless Communications, where he served for over 20 years as its Vice President of Finance overseeing cash management, capital investments, operational costs across 20 countries in Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Finance for Avantel in Mexico City. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Operatoins for Banamex in their factoring and auto finance division in Mexico City. He holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, in Mexico City.

Meet the Founders

Kristi Messer - Choose to Include

Kristi Messer

Kristi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with graduate degrees in public health and social work (MPH, MSW) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Kristi is also currently completing her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University. Kristi relocated to Florida in 2010 from Washington D.C where she spent years working with the Department of Health and Human Services to successfully launch community health centers across the nation. As a passionate public health professional, Kristi currently serves the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) as an Academic Administrator and Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. For years, Kristi worked as a consultant for Special Olympics on the development and implementation of a health and wellness curriculum for adults with disabilities. Prior to her Federal service and academic career as a professor, Kristi was a special education high school teacher and special education advocate/consultant working closely with families to advocate for the educational needs of their children. Kristi has dedicated her professional life to underserved and vulnerable population groups through her involvement with the homeless, individuals with disabilities, communities affected by disasters, and persons impacted by mental illness. Kristi is proud to be a parent of an adult child with intellectual impairment and is a tireless advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Kristi is dedicated to positively impacting children, families, and adults through education, advocacy, and opportunity.

Eduardo Fajardo - Choose to Include

Eduardo Fajardo

On My Own operates under the financial leadership of Eduardo Fajardo. Eduardo is a Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO with more than twenty-five years of senior-level financial management experience in the telecom and banking sectors. Eduardo will represent On My Own in all financial matters by setting fiscal policy and preparing and directing the reporting and analysis of the organization’s financial position. Eduardo is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional. Eduardo is a seasoned educational tutor, helping students to achieve and realize their full academic potential. Eduardo comes to On My Own from Cable & Wireless Communications, where he served for over 20 years as its Vice President of Finance overseeing cash management, capital investments, operational costs across 20 countries in Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Finance for Avantel in Mexico City. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Operatoins for Banamex in their factoring and auto finance division in Mexico City. He holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, in Mexico City.

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