Going Over the Edge - Gsil

Going Over the Edge

Granite United Way’s annual fundraiser, “Over the Edge,” is back.

“Would you rappel 24 stories because you believe in a cause? This summer, over 20 local non-profits are joining forces to go OVER THE EDGE in support of our community! In June Team GSIL will be rappelling down the 300- foot-tall Brady-Sullivan Tower at 1000 Elm Street in Manchester. We are taking up this challenge because we believe in the strength of teamwork. We are committed to improving our community! Our supporters include friends, family, colleagues… even random strangers simply wanting to support our cause.”

Teams of 3 will “jump in” and help us raise funds!  Check out our page on the event’s website!

GSIL Peer Support Mentor & Coordinator, Jennifer Crowell will be making history as the first person in NH with paralysis to join the event and rappel over the edge!

Joining Jen on Team GSIL is GSIL Independent Living Coordinator Sharon Silva and GSIL Board Member Grant Van Der Beken!

The event took place June 26-27, 2023. Watch the video to see Jennifer make history!

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Consumer Success Story

After a recent spinal cord injury resulted in paraplegia, Kevin’s life soon changed. The staff at GSIL worked closely with him through his rehabilitation, offering resources, peer support and mentoring as well as assisting him in networking with his community to set goals. Kevin obtained 2 accessible vehicles, had his own apartment and sat on several different disability related committees. He participated in barrier.

free recreation and peer support groups. With some guidance from GSIL staff, Kevin obtained a hand cycle through Challenge Athletes Foundation. In the fall of 2019, he did the research to find an accessible subsidized apartment. He spoke with his employer about a transfer in jobs to the franchise in the city to which he was moving. He now had a job waiting for him as well!