Spring Newsletter 2021

Spring is Here! Inspiration and New Beginnings

April 2021
A letter from Dawn Dixon
ConnectAbility, Executive Director
We are happy to be ushering in Spring 2021! What a year this has been.
Here at ConnectAbility, we are happy to announce that we have grown!
We are now our own nonprofit organization, and are no longer part of the Warm Springs Foundation. For the past five years, since we began, we have been looking forward to becoming our own organization, and after much growth, that time has come. The Warm Springs Foundation will always support us with the knowledge and passion each Board of Directors member shares with us, as well as with financial contributions. We are very grateful for all of their support in helping us to get where we are today. 
Please take a moment to look at our website: www.myconnectability.org and share any feedback you might have. We always want to improve, and each of you receiving this newsletter can help us do that. 
We are looking forward to the day we can all be back together, and hopefully, that will be sooner than later. Until that time, please continue to attend the support groups and activities we offer virtually. Be sure to check Facebook for upcoming events and if you have a friend or family member that you would like to receive our biweekly email blasts, please let us know.
Until next time – stay safe and connected!
All my best,
Dawn Dixon

Briana Marta

Briana was just 20 years old when she suffered multiple serious injuries in a car accident. Now, nearly 2 years later, she is making incredible progress with the help of her family and all of the medical professionals that have been there through every stage of healing and regaining her abilities.
Her mother, Araceli, notes that between the initial hospitalization and four different rehabilitation centers, there must have been over 100 individuals that have helped Briana and her family. She is especially grateful because she knows firsthand the effort and dedication it takes to work as a medical professional. Her mom, aunt, and brother all worked as nurses, so Araceli saw the hours and workload, and she knows the passion that leads people to do these incredibly demanding jobs in order to help others.
Araceli is also grateful for Briana’s Care Coordinator here at ConnectAbility, Vinerys Rodriguez. They were matched by the hospital while Briana was in an induced coma. Without Vinerys, she wouldn’t have known about many of the resources that have played a huge role in Briana’s recovery.
Today Briana is able to do about 90% of her daily tasks on her own, with assistance and encouragement from her family. Her 5-year-old son is her biggest supporter and he is wise beyond his years, always reminding her that she must keep going and continue to work at getting better every day. He reminds her to do the therapy and other tasks that doctors tell her to do.
Briana’s family is currently working on arranging transportation to therapy, so in the meantime they are using the skills they learned from her previous therapists to keep her moving and getting stronger while at home.
While Briana and her family continue to face the daily struggles that come with traumatic injuries, they remain thankful and determined to make the best of the situation. Briana’s courage and the love and support of her family, friends, and medical team, have turned this tragedy into a beautiful story of human ability.
We look forward to her continued improvement and thank her and her family for sharing their inspirational story of dedication and gratitude.

Yellowroc Construction

Ray Camarillo owns and operates Yellowroc Construction company. He has been in the construction business since 1987.
Yellowroc Construction started in 1975 as a real estate investment firm and went on to do construction work for both the private sector and government entities. In the last ten years, they have downsized their work load and have dedicated their efforts to residential rehabs and additions. They are licensed, insured, and a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.
As a partner of ConnectAbility, Yellowroc Construction offers home modification services. They have assisted a number of ConnectAbility Care Coordination clients. 
The services they provide to clients include modifying bathrooms to make them more accessible and installing ramps to provide a safe entry and exit for a client’s home. 
“We welcome all business.
Working for a better tomorrow.”


  • 11 oz spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 3/4 cup cooked lentils
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 2/3 cup tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the spaghetti to al dente. Drain water.

2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat and cook onion 2 minutes.

3. Add celery, garlic, chili flakes, oregano, and cook another 5 minutes.

4. Add cooked lentils, broth, soy sauce, simmer 3 minutes.

5. Add tomato sauce, stir to combine, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 min.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
7. Toss the pasta into sauce and stir.
Serves 3-4. Enjoy!

Together we are creating a Virtual Cook Book that features easy and healthy recipes.
We would love to include yours! Send yours to contact@myconnectability.org!

Caregiver Social Group and
Self Compassion Exercise

Tuesday, April 13
7 PM – 8 PM
Being a caregiver during any stage in life can be a challenge.
Join other caregivers to take a break and socialize.
Stay tuned for future meeting dates for our Caregiver Social Group and Caregiver Support Group!

Practice Self Compassion

This practice can be utilized in actual caregiving situations and it can also be used as a meditation.

"Everyone is on their own life journey. I am not the cause of this person's suffering.
Nor is it completely within my power to make it go away, even though I wish I could.
Moments like these are difficult to bear, and yet, I will try to help if I can."