ACHIEVA Family Trust Stories

We are proud to serve people with disabilities and their families for more than 20 years. Their stories are as individual as they are.

Security for the future: Jackson’s Pooled Trust

Jackson is a 33-year-old man with an intellectual disability, living with his mother and working a part-time job. His father passed away unexpectedly without a plan in place for the funds that he wanted to leave for Jackson...

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Support for young and old:

Taylor’s Payback Trust

Taylor is a lively 12-year-old girl who loves to have fun with her siblings. She has severe, lifelong physical and cognitive impairments because of an injury at birth. Her parents didn’t know if their child would ever have the opportunities other children have...

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Giving new opportunities:

Marie’s Third Party Trust

Marie, a 48-year-old woman with an intellectual disability, was living with her mother, Jeanne. Marie enjoyed socializing with her friends and her dog, Ace, that her mother had given her...

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Families Navigate the Options

to Protect Their Futures

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Article by Tim Grant

Parenting two sons with special needs became so demanding for Colleen Cenk two decades ago that she gave up her career in marketing to become a full-time advocate for her children.
To make sure her boys were safe and healthy, she also set up a special needs trust that would provide for them in the future if she were unable to. "The important thing for a parent with a child with disabilities is knowing when you pass, somebody will fulfill the role you have filled," she said.

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Ensuring Son's Future

With a Little Help & Guidance

From United Way of Southwestern PA

Leslie and Kevin Greene have a love-filled home in Pittsburgh's North Hills. Their 15-year-old son, Nicholas, has Angelman Syndrome, a neuro-genetic condition that results in severe developmental delays, lack of speech, movement and balance disorders and seizures. While Nicholas does not speak, he engages abundantly with everyone in his life.

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Powering Ahead

From the ACHIEVA 2018 Summer Newsletter

 

Evan became acquainted with ACHIEVA Family Trust in April 2017 when he sought answers on how to protect his assets while maintaining current and future benefits.

One of Evan’s first requests was for a fully customized power wheelchair for recreational use. “We’ve never gotten a request for a wheelchair like this one,” said Jessica Briggs, Evan’s Trust Administrator. “We look at all requests on an individual basis. Because of Evan’s home on the farm and his love of outdoor recreational activities, we felt it was a worthwhile investment for his quality of life.”

Evan’s powered wheelchair is fully customized. It has tilt control, headrest steering, LED
headlights and taillights, a cell phone grip with charging attachment, a hunting mount for his rifle and a scope camera system. This wheelchair can do almost anything. It is an awesome piece of equipment.

One of the things it can’t do, though, is give Evan back his life before July 25, 2015. That was the day his accident happened. Evan’s heart suddenly stopped and he fell face down into the creek at Greenwood Park. The fall fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae, making him a quadriplegic.

But, Evan fought back with support from family, friends and his local community. Together, they raised money to help defray the cost of the family’s travels to and from Pittsburgh for treatment. Funds also helped to cover his medical bills and modifications to his home to make it accessible.

ACHIEVA Family Trust is proud to have helped Evan regain his independence, and continues to look for innovative ways to support and empower individuals towards their independence goals.