Disabled Recreation Non-Profit Expanding Services
A non-profit organization that provides hunting and fishing services for about 150 disabled people in western Kentucky is attempting to double the amount of people it helps.
The co-founder of handiCAPABLE Guide Services, Noel Dillard, started the business in 1993 when, inspired by a student with muscular dystrophy, Dillard vowed to help the young man become a fishing guide. Dillard continues to help people in his honor.
A new pontoon boat will help him accommodate 300 people annually by providing space for more wheelchairs and customized equipment, Dillard said.
"Each individual is unique and different, so you have to adapt to each individual's abilities and you use the abilities they've got so they can fish or hunt," Dillard said.
Dillard said he'll take his clients on the lake to shoot asian carp with crossbows. Kuttawa's American Legion Post 68 is partnering with the guide service hosting a benefit auction this Spring and will start taking donations in January. Dillard plans on having the new boat by April.