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.
Millions Dream Of Having A Job & Living Independently, But Sadly...Some Never Will
A staggering 61,000,000 adults in the United States suffer from a disability. That is 1 in 4 adults or close to 20% of the entire population that are ignored, undermined, and rarely given an opportunity to contribute to their community.
On My Own is passionate about changing the way adults with disabilities are perceived in the work place by showing business owners that a disability is not a limitation, but a gift.
Through comprehensive job training we are helping pave the way for disabled adults across the nation to create independence and freedom through the fulfillment of being employed.
Our Foundational Beliefs
Committed to the whole person: heart, mind, body, and spirit
Remaining true to our morals and values, with the client remaining the central focus in all that we do.
Demonstrating courage to shape a better future for our clients and our communities.
A Will To Win
Every day we exhibit a will to win in our community, in our marketplace, and in the lives of everyone we work with.
WHY SUPPORT US?
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!
Group Home Housing Opportunities
Providing a living environment full of training, love, and support for students who need a little bit of extra care!
Providing the platform for our students to share life together. Relationships, no matter who you are, make life worth living.
The founders of On My Own are blessed to be the parents of an adult with a disability. We 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 three 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. We are excited, passionate, and determined to help adults with disabilities achieve dreams they never thought possible!
What Our Partners Say About On My Own
Students, Donors and Partners alike we always strive to deliver on our promise.
"For the last decade I have watched my students graduate and be left alone without the skills to gain independence. Now my teaching is all about independent living skills and my students love our trainings at On My Own! Every week I find myself making incredible relationships, teaching life changing skills, and having face cramps because of the smiles!"- Ben Lacey
"I've been a special education teacher for 16 years and I feel very blessed to spend my free time volunteering as a job coach with the great students at On My Own. I have a group of students who I help teach to cook, clean, and exercise weekly! I have no doubt that On My Own will change thousands of lives across the country and I am proud to be a small part in a big mission!"- Stephen Bowers
"After meeting Kristi and Eduardo it was decided! On My Own was going to be my non profit of choice for my birthday fundraiser! I was so happy to see that the $650 raised for On My Own went to an event to help teach the students how to swim! Thankful that I could help!"- Shawna Meyers
"When I donated to On My Own I felt a sense of assurance that I have never felt when donating before. Often times with big organizations you don't really know where you money went and with On My Own that is not the case! With just $1,200 we were able to help train 38 students for a full weekend on basic independent living skills! So cool!"- Jacob Ramirez
"Growing up in school I always saw how the students with disabilities were picked on. After I joined Best Buddies I realized that they were some of the happiest and most loving people I had ever met. After high school I found On My Own and for the last 2 years during colledge I have been volunteering and helping their students learn how to be independent! Every week I look forward to our trainings, it doesn't even feel like volunteering!"- Jessica Ramsey
"Growing up with a sister who suffered from autism I was always sensitive and caring torwards young adults with disabilities. It wasn't until decades later I have found massive fulfillment in helping On My Own makes progress torwards their dream of helping young adults with disabilities gain independence. Volunteering is a blast and the relationships are priceless!"- Myra Shaw
Meet The Founders
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.
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.
Committed To Providing The Best
On My Own is committed to proving the best training, support, and communication to everyone we work with. If you are interested in job training opportunities, life skills coaching, group home engagement, or volunteer opportunities contact us today and our team will happily speak with you!
Operating Out Of South Florida
703-869-6120 , 786-201-1890