Open Avenues is grateful for our United Way partnership for many reasons. The funds we receive go directly to the Open Avenues clients. We empower adults with disabilities by providing employment education, life skills training and meaningful work. United Way makes it possible for us to continue providing services when other funding streams go away, and they have been a strong force for adults with disabilities for a long time. Adults with disabilities are sometimes the forgotten population; and our United Way partnership helps us keep our clients, and their importance, visible in NWA.