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Stories of Hope

Individuals served by Easterseals face numerous obstacles self-sufficiency: lack of education, poverty, illness, disability, family troubles, and more. But every day we encounter individuals who defy the odds, break down barriers, and achieve their goals. These are their stories.

You can also learn more about the people and organizations who go above and beyond to further the purpose of Easterseals, our Easterseals Heroes.

Marine Corps Veteran Comes Full Circle

Spotlights Doug McLeod’s life has come full circle. The Marine Corps. veteran works in Easterseals Redwood’s production facility, less than a mile from the local Marine Corps.
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Jessica Habermehl: Recognition of Obtaining Successful Employment and Advancement

BFC Learn how Jessica overcame life's struggles to now be employed by the State of Kentucky Education & Labor as a Trade Coordinator.
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Valuing Our Veterans

veterans "You have value." Those three simple words can mean the world to a veteran transitioning to civilian life. Malik Muhammad, a job developer with Easterseals Military & Veterans Services, knows firsthand the impact of valuing our veterans and supporting them when they return home.
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An injury won’t stop Kane from farming, thanks to AgrAbility!

2 Kane, a 22-year-old, fifth generation farmer from West Portsmouth, Ohio found himself wondering how he would take over the family farm after falling from his tree stand while hunting in November of 2019.
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Catching up with Cameron Davey

Cameron Davey Hear how Cameron, 2021 Brighter Futures winner, successfully landed a job with Kroger after completing our Project SEARCH program. He was also recognized among thousands at the Kroger Wellness Festival by the president of Kroger Health.
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Michael's Story with Easterseals Redwood

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LeRon's struggles with addiction evolved into a calling to help others

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Mario made steady progress toward community employment at Easterseals

Mario Thomas Mario was determined to join the workforce. He made his dreams come true, one breakthrough moment at a time.
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Donor Spotlight: Barb and Kevin Dougherty

Barb and Kevin Dougherty Kevin and Barb Dougherty know people living with disabilities have so much to share. The drive to help individuals overcome these barriers to employment led them to Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati.
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A veteran's lessons for Gen Z

Alana and her Grandpa Chitwood A high school sophomore reflects on how her grandpa's advice is driving her work ethic, and why it has inspired her to make a gift in support of Easterseals Military & Veteran Services.
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Donor Spotlight: Remco DeJong

Remco DeJong Remco DeJong firmly believes in the mission of helping others break down barriers to employment. He first came to Easterseals as a Building Value store customer.
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Donor Spotlight: Mt. Zion Baptist Church Woodlawn

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Woodlawn Logo When Larry Bennett of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Woodlawn learned about veterans at Easterseals who needed assistance, he wanted to take action . He turned to the church’s Military Ministry for support.
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Donor Spotlight: Christy Pretzinger

Christy Pretzinger Christy attended her first Easterseals celebration several years ago and was immediately drawn to the mission and helping people achieve through employment. “Easterseals is incredibly diverse in the different ways they help people. I want to be a part of that.”
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Jasmine turned an uncertain future into a successful career in construction

Jasmine Jackson completed Easterseals YouthBuild and Building Value, leading to a successful career in the construction industry. Easterseals YouthBuild and Building Value opened up opportunities that led Jasmine to starting her own business and serving as a role model to others.
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Juan turned a time of uncertainty into a journey of opportunity

Juan Pacheco The death of his employer left Juan without a job and without a home. It was tough for this Marine veteran to ask for help, but the call to Easterseals Military & Veteran Services created a ripple effect of positive changes.
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Nathan experienced transformational growth on his journey to employment

Nathan Tshiboyi Born in Europe, Nathan wasn't developing at the same pace as his peers. His family found answers when they moved to America and were amazed at the changes they experienced through Easterseals.
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Yalonda launched a new career in healthcare through Easterseals Prosperity for All

Yalonda Render Yalonda found herself starting from scratch after leaving an abusive relationship. Her Breakthrough Moment came when she found Easterseals Prosperity For All - and a new career as a phlebotomist.
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Adam found success, new home, through Easterseals Military & Veteran Services

Adam Davis Adam Davis was presented with his own tiny home at the 2019 Honoring Our Heroes 5K
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