Club Impact is a social club which provides activities and events for adults with disabilities, in order that they have the opportunity to create a thriving social life with peers.
Ralph Gilliam is a former Impact NW committee member and supported his passion for helping others by founding Club Impact.
Ralph, a retired Special Education teacher working with 18- to 21-year-old students, was keenly aware that students leaving the program needed continued social connections and opportunities. Without hesitation, Ralph contacted Impact NW about starting a social club for adults with disabilities.
A year later, Club Impact was formed. Since February 2010, Club Impact’s all-volunteer staff has partnered with Impact NW to host a weekly, drop-in social every Monday night from 6 to 8 pm and other special events throughout the year.
Ralph describes Club Impact saying, “There are challenging and precious things that happen at Club Impact every week. The humor is non-stop. The club is exhilarating and exhausting, and I would not trade it for anything. I feel loved and appreciated beyond measure.”