In March, a team of employees from Sunrise Community had the opportunity to attend the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FARF) Legislative Fly-In. This event provides an opportunity for providers in the intellectual and developmental disabilities services industry to meet with Florida senators and representatives to advance their requests and advocate for the people they serve. The team was eager to share the stories of the people they serve, highlighting the progress that has been made and the challenges that still need to be addressed.
At the conference, the team met with various Florida lawmakers, including Senator Bryan Avila, Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez, Representative Tom Fabricio, and Representative Thomas Leek. During these meetings, they shared their experiences and insights. The Sunrise Community team emphasized the importance of funding for their services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The FARF Fly-In provided an invaluable platform for the Sunrise Community team to share their message and connect with lawmakers who have the power to make a difference. Their advocacy efforts highlighted the critical importance of funding for the programs and services Sunrise Community and other providers give to the people they serve.
The team from Sunrise Community returned from the conference energized and inspired. They were able to connect with other providers, share best practices, and gain insight into the latest legislative developments. Overall, the experience was a powerful reminder of the importance of advocating for those in need. At Sunrise Community, our team is committed to providing the best possible care and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We believe that attending events like the FARF Fly-In conference is essential in helping us achieve our mission. We are grateful for the opportunity to attend and look forward to continuing our advocacy efforts in the future.