Get To Know Us
Edwin Blanton is a Missouri native and acquired degrees from Mineral Area College and Southeast Missouri State University. He served in the United States Peace Corps from 2004-2005 as a Youth and Community Development Volunteer. Blanton founded Ready, Willing…Enable! in 2006, along with Jennifer Catron, whom he served with in the U.S. Peace Corps. Blanton currently resides in San Antonio, where he oversees community service programs at Trinity University as well as focuses his energies on Ready, Willing…Enable! He’s currently working towards a Ph.D. in International Education and Entrepreneurship.
Jennifer D. Catron graduated from St. Mary’s University with a bachelor of art in psychology (1997) and Trinity University with a master of art in school psychology (2000). She returned from the United States Peace Corps in 2004 after serving as a Community and Youth Development Volunteer in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Eastern Caribbean. Jennifer recently relocated to Austin, TX where she works as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology with the Leander ISD. Working with teachers, parents and other invested professionals, she plans educational programming for students with disabilities. Jennifer is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and graduated from W. B. Ray High School. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, discovering new music, cooking, reading and being an Auntie to her 2 nieces and nephew.
Carlos Borrego is a middle school science teacher in San Antonio, TX. Carlos is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio where he majored in Multidisciplinary Science. After undergraduate studies, he and his wife served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Carlos has volunteered with RWE for the past seven years, and supports it because it helps students abroad that are in need. “I want to give students a chance to do things they never thought possible,” he says.
Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities
When persons with disabilities founded the disability movement in Dominica in 1983, it was to give this minority group in the society the “voice” they never had, and to encourage personal development through self-representation and advocacy. The Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) as it is now known, serves as a resource and consultative agency in eliminating barriers to “equal opportunities” and a vehicle for the articulation of the concerns of people with disabilities.
Lifeline Ministries is a registered Non-Government Organization (NGO) whose objectives include accessing resources to assist disadvantaged groups in Dominica. These resources include funding for small projects, donations of goods and equipment, volunteers, expertise and consultation and training. Lifeline runs Dominica’s Dial-A-Ride system which provides transportation for people that need a little help getting around.
The Alpha Center (a special school for children with mental disabilities) – aims to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to develop each child socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and cognately to his/her maximum potential, so that each may eventually be able to function independently in society to the highest level possible.
The National Special Olympics Team of Dominica’s mission is to provide individuals with disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The goal is for all persons with disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.