John's Journey to Independence


From the age of three John was in the foster care system. He says he bounced around every corner of the state of Iowa until he aged out of the system. When he was 21, and living on the North Side of Des Moines, John lost everything he had. He describes this time as rock bottom for him, and he ended up living in a shelter. 

Then John heard about Easter Seals Iowa from one of his friends, and started receiving the support he needed.  Life hasn’t been the same since. John attended DMACC and is now studying to receive his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Grand View University. He also has a job as a security officer.

John says, “Without Easter Seals Iowa, my life would be a complete disaster. Easter Seals changed everything dramatically, for the better. Through the support of Easter Seals I’ve learned about motivation, how to socially have a voice and how to challenge myself.”

Easter Seals Iowa introduced John to many unique and amazing people, and he wants everyone to know about what Easter Seals Iowa has to offer. John is a very passionate person, and he is especially passionate about giving back to the community. He spends a lot of his free time volunteering; it’s his favorite thing to do! He wants to use his experiences to make a different for others.

“Easter Seals Iowa sees the inner; they don’t look at the disability. They look at the person’s heart,” John says. Check out more about John’s story in this video.

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