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02/19/2020 11:01 PM

Annual Award to Support Young Adults with Autism, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

A Little Compassion is an area non-profit that operates The Nest Coffee House in downtown Deep River. It is offering an award to support young adults with autism, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Photo courtesy of The Nest Coffee House

An annual award for young adults who have faced challenges while working toward a personal goal is being offered by A Little Compassion, Inc., an area non-profit that works to change the lives of individuals with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

The organization operates The Nest Coffee House, 162A Main Street, in downtown Deep River, providing employment and social opportunities for young adults with disabilities, and increasing public awareness that they are vital and valuable community members.

The Alexandra Dilger Annual Award was created and funded by Gale and Patrick Dilger of Deep River in memory of their daughter, Alexandra Dilger, who lived a rich and full life despite struggles with depression and anxiety throughout her teenage years and into her early 20s. At the time of her passing at age 21 in November 2018, Dilger was working on her undergraduate degree at Landmark College in Vermont, with the intention of progressing to graduate school.

“Our hope is that this award will represent a step toward greater independence and accomplishment for another young adult, one who, like Alexandra, has wrestled with personal challenges, but has a goal in mind and is determined to achieve it,” the Dilgers said.

The award will provide support for one recipient aged 18 to 30 from a Connecticut River Valley community, helping the recipient continue to progress toward the attainment of his or her goal.

The application process includes the completion of a brief nomination form by the individual or an adult community member. Three finalists will participate in a friendly conversation with the nomination team.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 28 and the award recipient will be notified in early April. More information and nomination forms are available at

The Nest Coffee House provides employment and social opportunities for young adults with disabilities. Photo courtesy of The Nest Coffee House