Cory Ybarra is a dynamic woman with a big heart and enormous determination. In 2006 she launched Building For Generations, a non-profit organization based in Santa Cruz, California. The mission of her organization is to collaborate with marginalized communities in developing countries to establish sustainable programs and opportunities for members with special needs. They then raise the funds necessary to build facilities that will serve these individuals, their families and the community. In addition to building the facilities and providing services for clients, they make certain that there is also vocational training to increase economic opportunities for those with special needs.
In developing countries, special-needs people are frequently hidden away from the public. There is still a sense of family shame surrounding those with mental disabilities and there often is no one to care for them at home. Building For Generations is dedicated to changing this perception and to creating a healthy presence for special needs people within their communities.