Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant

$5,000 grant named for late NDAD co-founder, program services leader

Faye Gibbens, in 2013.
Faye Gibbens
NDAD awards at least one $5,000 Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant annually to an agency/organization to be used for a health, welfare, social service or educational purpose for at-risk populations.

NDAD awarded in May 2021 a record three simultaneous $5,000 Faye Gibbens Memorial Grants for health, welfare, social service or educational projects serving at-risk populations.

The recipients:
  • The Arc Creations Program, Dickinson, N.D., for installation of a painting booth and outside ventilation in its sanding room to allow training and work on projects by individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or both, that is not dependent on weather. Website: arcdickinson.org.
  • Connect Medical Clinic, Dickinson, an organization of Badlands Hope, for a cargo trailer, contact and informational wrapping and patient intake remodeling and repairs. The trailer will be used for storage of program supplies and as a mobile unit to help provide outreach and education supporting evidence-based, accessible sexual health education for at-risk individuals. Website: connectmedicalclinic.com.
  • UND Northern Prairie Community Clinic’s Performance And Recovery In Stroke (PA.R.I.S.) conversation/literary support groups for a classroom duel FM and Wi-Fi assistive listening system, books, yearly audible subscription and semester fees for clients with an aphasia diagnosis, age-related hearing complications, or both. Website: und.edu/npcc/.
The grant is named for Faye Gibbens, who died in early 2014 at age 70. She was NDAD’s co-founder and longtime client program services leader. Her husband of 49 years, co-founder and board president Ron Gibbens, died May 2, 2021.

Congratulations to these grant recipients. Thanks to all the agencies and organizations that applied for grants this year.

Watch for more information soon about these grant recipients on NDAD.org and its social media pages.
Past recipients of the Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant:
2019 - Northlands Rescue Mission
2018 - The Arc, Upper Valley 
2017 - Altru Health Foundation
2017 - Child Care Aware of N.D.
2016 - Home on the Range 
2016 - Altru Family YMCA               
2015 - Mayville State University & Griggs/Steele-Traill Special Education Cooperative

A twice-monthly mobile food pantry effort in Grand Forks added to emergency homeless shelter Northlands Rescue Mission's Feed the Need program was named the 2019 recipient of NDAD’s $5,000 Faye Gibbens Memorial Grant.

Inspired by their son, Mike, who was born with cerebral palsy, Faye Gibbens and her husband, Ron, built the charitable nonprofit from a small Grand Forks parental support group to a statewide charitable nonprofit helping North Dakotans with a variety of disabilities and health challenges.
She created, expanded and oversaw NDAD’s client services until her retirement in 2013, and she also provided assistance and input for the agency’s charitable gaming operations since their debut in 1982.
Prior to NDAD, Faye Gibbens taught a year of elementary school in Carrington, N.D., and two more years in Portland, N.D. She then taught in Maddock, N.D.  She continued to teach part time in Maddock after the Gibbens’ son, Michael, was born in 1967. Because Michael was born with cerebral palsy, the Gibbens decided to seek work in a larger community where more facilities and services were available for their young son.
Ron, Faye and Mike Gibbens
NDAD co-founders Ron and Faye Gibbens with their son, Mike, who is NDAD's ambassador.
Toward the mid-1970s, Faye and Ron Gibbens took steps to form a support group that would gather parents and relatives of children with disabilities to share information and to discuss common issues and concerns.
The group took root and gained non-profit status in 1975 as the North Dakota Association for the Disabled, then became a 501c(3) charitable organization the following year. The fledgling organization provided information and referral services, particularly for people with disabilities who were unable to find services or workable solutions elsewhere.
Faye’s passion was to provide assistance to individuals in need. In addition to information and referral, NDAD’s client services department grew to include direct financial assistance, an equipment loan program and various other services.

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