The Creative Abundance Model can best be described as a context that surrounds the way services are provided with and for people experiencing developmental differences.

Creative Abundance assists organizations through on-site technical assistance, training, staff development, and consultation services. Creative Abundance has developed authentic, and supportive programming that respects individual interests and creates environments for staff and administrators to be inventive and responsive.  People are celebrated for who they are and receive services that anticipate limitless potential in discovering and expanding individual talents, interests, employment options, and community involvement.  ​

Our Story

Creative Abundance Consulting is based in the interconnectedness of community and the existing wealth of the creative spirit.

About Us

About Us

On-site experiential consulting  for organizations dedicated to advancing engaging programming, community integrationand income-producing endeavors.

​​​​​​Creative Abundance Consulting offers on-site consulting for direct care providers. We transform traditional care programs into engaging, community oriented art programs. We build on the talents and interests of individuals being served, staff and your community’s unique culture. We believe that your program already has the abundance of creativity needed to make this change, we just help you discover it! 

 Creative Abundance helps you identify organizational goals for your program. Then, we customize leadership training for your staff. During your two-week onsite consulting experience we demonstrate programming techniques.  We encourage your organization to actively participate in transforming your programming. Then we help clearly identify goals.  Creative Abundance Consulting supports organizations seeking to meet new Center for Medicaid Services regulations by discovering natural paths to community involvement, integration and economic development.

Our Process

Our Model


"To say that changing our program over to Creative Abundance has been life changing sounds cheesy – but it’s true!  The excitement and enthusiasm that they brought to the program has transformed the way our consumers feel about their day program.  Watching the interaction, creativity, and talents grow on a daily basis is amazing.  People who have been known in the past to be a wall flower are now out in the community spreading the message about the new and exciting things that we are working on.  The end result has been a tremendous amount of community outreach that we really struggled to achieve in the past. Our local community has embraced our effort and  industries are finding it easy to partner with us for their “upcycle-able”  items that they otherwise would have gotten rid of.  The collaboration has created a new buzz for us – something all agencies are always trying to pursue!" - Michelle Leonard-Smith, CEO/Executive Director of Abilities Services in Crawfordsville, IN

"Susan and Patty are incredibly talented consultants. Their time with our organization exceeded my expectations, and I'm grateful for all they taught us. Our staff, the individuals we support, our Board members and the people of the community were all thrilled with the work of the Creative Abundance team." - Molly Little, CEO of ARC of Delaware County in Walton, NY

"Choice...we make hundreds of choices every day. People with intellectual disabilities have few self-determined choices. Patty and Susan opened our eyes. People with intellectual disabilities are overlooked, underestimated and certainly under appreciated. For the past 61 years, OV has given tens of thousands of people w disabilities tools and choices they need to live productive and more community engaged lives. However, after meeting Patty and Susan, it became abundantly clear that Opportunity Village could open the doors even wider to choices that offer more community inclusion, creativity and income, even for people who are multiply and profoundly disabled. Creative Abundance and the thought that creativity comes in many, many forms, is the path to more social and financial independence starts with choice. Thank you Susan and Patty, because of you and your efforts, Opportunity Village has established NOVA-New Opportunities for Visionary Art. It isn’t simply a program, it has become our culture." - Linda Smith, Former Associate Executive Director at Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, NV