Guilford group seeks to buy Shoreline fixer-upper to help special needs clients be independent

SHORELINE — Carolyn Wolff is grateful for the services provided by the SARAH Foundation for her autistic son, Harrison.

Harrison Wolff, 32, has been with SARAH for over 11 years and currently lives in a group home in Clinton. He also receives one-on-one day support, including assistance with his window washing business, trips to the gym and accompaniment to piano lessons.

To continue to serve clients like Harrison Wolff, SARAH announced their newest fundraising venture, the SARAH Project, a unique home improvement project done by the people behind The House that Social Media Built.

For more than 65 years, SARAH has helped individuals with intellectual and/or other disabilities along the Shoreline. In addition, the KIDSTEPS Birth to Three program assists children and families throughout the state.

Like many other local nonprofits, SARAH has been forced to think about creative ways to raise money as a result of the pandemic. Many fundraising events were cancelled, resulting in a loss of donations for much needed programs.

“Last year was a real scare for all of us,” said Ken Alberti, SARAH Foundation executive director.

It was at this time that lots of brainstorming went into the question, “How are we going to continue to move forward and support the mission in this new way of living,” said Alberti.

In collaboration with Nicole White, founder of Social REdesign, SARAH Foundation unveiled the SARAH Project.