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Co-Founder
Power Incorporated

Board Member
East Texas Center for Independent

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What started as a call to ...

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What started as a call to ask Moffett, co-founder and executive director of POWER, Inc., to be the SAFFE Day ambassador ended in an invitation for her to join the SAFFE Day board, Bellows said, calling Moffett an "exceptional person."

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What started as a call to ask Moffett, co-founder and executive director of POWER, Inc., to be the SAFFE Day ambassador ended in an invitation for her to join the SAFFE Day board, Bellows said, calling Moffett an "exceptional person."
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Moffett also accepted the invitation to be the ambassador for the fourth annual SAFFE Day Sept. 19.
"I was totally honored when they asked me if I would consider being ambassador," she said.
Although she has not attended SAFFE Day yet - her own nonprofit event happens the following weekend - some of her friends have attended, she said.
She and the SAFFE Day organization are "on the same page," she said, about getting people with special needs and abilities out for a day to participate and to have fun.
"We all want to be accepted and looked at as a person first. For people not to see our disability first," she said.
Judie Moffett of POWER Inc. is the Special Abilities Family Fun Event Day's 2015 Ambassador, helping host the event Friday and Saturday. COURTESY PHOTO Judie Moffett of POWER Inc. is the Special Abilities Family Fun Event Day's 2015 Ambassador, helping host the event Friday and Saturday. COURTESY PHOTO Moffett also unintentionally brought the idea of a hero theme for this year's event. When she first met with the SAFFE Day board, she explained how she carries a cape in her backpack for when she has to save the world and turn an idea into a reality.
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Moffett faced her own challenges in 1994 when a car crash the day after her 25th birthday left her a paraplegic and in a wheelchair.
At the time, she said, she was still trying to figure out life and was not thinking about her future very much.
"I was married, I had a four-year-old son. That was my life at the time," she said.
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Moffett credited her parents especially as her support when she was learning how to handle being in a wheelchair, learning how to drive again, going back to work and going back to school.
"My mom and dad allowed me to do those things," she said. "If I wanted to do it, my mom and dad supported me. They didn't handicap me."
Too often, Moffett said, she sees parents of children with disabilities handicapping their children, even if unintentionally.
"The more that you tackle head-on without being ruled by fear, the more you see what you're capable of doing," she said. "That was definitely the start of just fostering my mindset to be whatever I wanted to be and go wherever I wanted to go."
Moffett calls her wreck a "blessing in disguise" because of the opportunities she has gotten since then and the people she has met in that time.
As a person in a wheelchair who drives and who helps run a nonprofit, she said, she knows people see her and watch how she acts.
"I always try to carry myself in a positive light because I don't want people to look at me and think, 'Oh, poor her,' or 'Oh, that's so sad,' because it's not. It's not sad," she said. "There's no such thing as poor me."
In her situation, Moffett explained, she loves her life and would rather educate people than complain.
"You get a lot more respect and people listen to you more when you're carrying yourself with more authority and you're not just whining about everything," she said.
While recovering from the car crash, she said, she always had people to lean on and talk to. Now she is doing the same for others, calling it a "pay it forward."
"When it comes to events like this, it's a lot of work," she said.


Once SAFFE Day 2015 Ambassador ...

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Once SAFFE Day 2015 Ambassador Judie Moffett - executive director of POWER, Inc. - cut the yellow caution tape ribbon to open the event, the day moved swiftly, according to Assistant Chief Danny Downing.

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Moffett uses a wheelchair after a 1994 car wreck left her with paraplegia. She is co-founder of POWER, Inc., People On Wheels Encouraging Responsibility.
"Good grief, it was a lot bigger than I ever expected it to be," she said.


Judie ...

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Judie Moffett Executive Director

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My angel was Judie Moffett. And although it was 11 yrs ago, I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was sitting outside when she pulled up. She took her wheelchair out of her car and put it all together with out any help. That was the beginning of the many things she would teach me along the way.


Judie Moffett, Executive ...

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Judie Moffett, Executive Director

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As Co-founder of POWER, Inc., Judie had a vision after her car crash in 1994 that left her a T-4 paraplegic and has since committed to serving as a positive representative of people with physical disabilities. Her favorite motto is "Never put a question mark where God puts a period", and with that in mind she hasn't allowed her physical challenges to hinder her involvement in community volunteerism and simply living life to the fullest.
Ms. Moffett was honored as one of the 12 "Stars Over Longview" at Longview Regional Medical Center's annual Constellation Awards Luncheon in 2005 and was featured in the "Stars Over Longview" calendar for the month of October, which is National Disability Month. She serves as a board member of the East Texas Center for Independent Living in Tyler and the Greater East Texas Zonta women's organization also. She has served on the Longview Police Department Citizens On Patrol and was certified in their Volunteer Ticketing Program with 4 other POWER members. Judie was once a Think First VIP Member (Voice of Injury Prevention) when the program was offered through Good Shepherd Medical Center and has since been asked to speak at numerous venues including AMBUCS, United Fund of Kilgore, Sam's Club, Women in Longview, St. Mary's Catholic School and Kilgore College.


Judie Moffett - Executive ...

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Judie Moffett - Executive Director 903.295.0926 judie@powerincorporated.org

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