How Specialized Property Management in Dallas Gives Back
As a company, our number one priority is to help rental property owners maintain their homes and make the leasing process easier. But we are more than just the services we provide. We believe in serving the community around us to make a positive difference in people’s lives. After all, it is the communities we shape that the next generation will inherit.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” –Muhammad Ali
The core values instilled in our company employees, such as honesty and integrity, set us apart from other property management companies in the area. At Specialized Property Management in Dallas, we are dedicated to changing people’s lives all over the world. That’s why we became involved in the National Ability Center.
What is the National Ability Center?
The mission of the National Ability Center (NAC) is, “To empower individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs.” Located in Utah with three basecamps in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Moab, the NAC adapts recreation and outdoor adventures to make them accessible to people of all abilities. The team at the NAC knows that life doesn’t stop unfolding just because of a (dis)ability, so they aim to work with people of all abilities. They use specialized equipment, techniques, teaching methods, and over 1,900 volunteers to run successful programs that emphasize unity among friends and family members best. Property management in Dallas believes wholeheartedly in the following NAC Programs:
ADAPTIVE RECREATION: Individuals with disabilities and their family, friends, and caregivers are encouraged to recreate together. Adaptive equipment is available for all programs so, regardless of your ability, you can access a wide variety of recreation, such as: Cycling, Indoor Rock Climbing, Challenge Course, Archery, Paddle Sports, Water Sports, Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, Sled Hockey, and Aquatics. The Specialized Property Management in Dallas team believes the NAC’s mission to help all people develop skills and discover the benefits of a full and active lifestyle is paramount to a happy life.
SPLORE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: These programs take you away from the beaten path for a slightly longer timeframe – sometimes overnight. Guides draw from the organization’s decades of experience to adapt adventures, making them accessible to people of a wide range of abilities. Adventures include: Rafting, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Climbing, Paddle Sports, Camping & Backpacking, Nordic Skiing. Fat Tire Biking, Snowshoeing, and Open Adventures.
EQUESTRIAN: Choose from four equestrian-assisted activities (EAAT) including adaptive horseback riding, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), hippotherapy, and trail riding. As the only PATH International Premiere Center in Utah, the NAC is committed to providing the highest level of programming and industry standards. You’ll be paired with a horse, instructor, and volunteers to set you up for success.
MILITARY: Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans from every era are welcome to participate in ANY of our programs. These programs provide recreational, rehabilitative, and therapeutic programs to service members AND their families that include ongoing lessons, specialized camps, mobile programs, and adaptive wilderness expeditions.
COMMUNITY & TRAINING: Fun community programs help equip participants with life skills and friendships.
Specialized Property Management in Dallas Believes in the Wounded Warrior Project
Veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001 can participate in the Wounded Warrior Project through NAC completely FREE. Often, veterans feel that coming back to normal life after war can be depressing and demoralizing when they return with a disability or can’t do the same things they could do before they left. It can be hard to fit in and readjust to life after service in the military.
Through the Wounded Warrior Project, the NAC can help breakdown not only physical barriers, but emotional ones as well. Whether it’s bike riding, cycling, doing a ropes course together, or another activity, the available programs encourage veterans to strengthen relationships with their family members. Nicholaus Connole, NAC Program Participant says, “The programs like the NAC Wounded Warrior project actually allow us to feel normal . . . I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for programs like this.”
Click on the video below to see how this program is changing lives and helping veterans to forget their limitations:
At Specialized Property Management in Dallas, we give to the Wounded Warrior Project because it’s, “. . . an opportunity for us to give back to those that have given so much. . . . For us, it’s personal. Many of us know or have family that has returned from war and we want to do all we can to support the community we live in,” says Mike Jeppson, COO of Specialized Property Management. “If our support can help even one wounded warrior return to full health both physically and mentally, then our efforts were worth it. After all, they gave everything they had for us—why shouldn’t we respond in kind?”
The National Ability Center Embraces the Motto, “I Can”
During the year 2017, over 7,000 individuals of all abilities were helped through the National Ability Center. One of these individuals was Michael Ray, who suffered a debilitating stroke that left him wheelchair-bound. His wife said once Michael became involved with the NAC, “a world of possibilities opened up”. Michael completed a 52-mile bike ride with the help of the NAC.
Megan Harmon was riding her motorcycle when she was hit by a car. After two weeks in the hospital, Megan was told her leg had to be amputated. Transitioning to wearing a prosthetic device was a struggle for Megan, who was athletic before the crash. Through outdoor rock climbing, she has been able to reach new heights and overcome her depression about her injury.
Ava Jennings was diagnosed with developmental delay when she was a little over a year old. Ava’s mom Kristen Jennings says it was easy to focus on all the things that Ava was told she couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to do. But instead of, “focusing on what she can’t do. . . the National Ability Center has replaced that with I CAN do anything and Ava has completely embraced that.”
Watch the video below to see how these NAC participants learned to overcome their challenges:
Support the NAC Today
- A Discovery Loop: A safe, controlled recreation trail for mountain biking, cycling and nature walks.
- An Expanded Equestrian Center: Includes a therapy room, restrooms and a family respite space.
- A New Recreation Center: Full-size, multi-use indoor sports court for yoga, camps, events and more.
- A New Mountain Center: Improved “ski-in, ski-out” accessibility for riders using a range of adaptive equipment at the base of Park City Mountain.
- Campground and Major Ranch Improvements: Cabins, yurts, platform tents and training spaces for individuals facing unique challenges to be able to fully utilize camping and recreational facilities throughout Utah’s public lands and beyond.
Specialized Property Management in Dallas Believes in the Mission of the NAC
Only the National Ability Center provides participants with the tools to adapt to their (dis)ability and bond with others in the process. At SPM Dallas, we are known as some of the best property management in Dallas, and we fully endorse the NAC’s objectives. We love to give back! As Marie Osmond said, “Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.” Donate to the NAC today and spread the word to your friends!