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Meet Jorge, Doing the Work He Loves

Jorge Ruiz Headshot Jorge Ruiz has worked many jobs in his 43 years, but he’s come back to being a DSP. “I love working direct care, and I missed it."
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Meet Chauntesse, Helping Others Reach Milestones

Headshot of smiling Black woman with long braids Chauntesse Philpot loves to learn, and she works two jobs helping other people learn and overcome obstacles, too. “I can use my tools and my experiences I have in my classroom and apply it to some situations in working with a (Easterseals) client," she said.
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Meet Kathy, Putting Smiles on Faces

Kathy Simons headshot Kathy Simons has spent more than half her life working with people who have disabilities. The work still brings her satisfaction every day. “I love helping people."
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Meet Christina, Embracing Versatility at CLC

Headshot of DSP Christina Sipe "You have to go in there with a big heart, wanting to help others out completely, no matter what."
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Meet Kelsie, Focused on Making a Difference

Kelsie Castle Headshot Only weeks after she graduated from Whitko High School in 2018, Kelsie Castle worked her first shift as a Direct Support Professional, or DSP, at Easterseals Passages. Three years later, she's still making a difference for people with disabilities.
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Easterseals RISE Team Lessens Mastercraft Labor Shortage

A man in orange shirt turns an upholstery cover right-side out Easterseals RISE participants joined the workforce at Mastercraft Inc. in LaGrange during a national emergency, as companies across the country turned their machinery and expertise to making supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Easterseals RISE participants proved to be a great help.
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Quest for Independence Grows from Necessity

Smiling woman wearing glasses For many years, Angie’s goal has been independence. She’s closer than ever now and can reflect on why she wants to accomplish so much on her own.
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Little Things Make a Big Difference for Respite Participants

A young boy uses dice with letters to spell words New items provided through a grant from Plymouth Congregational Church now enable people to rest better and have more fun at Easterseals Arc’s respite house.
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PDG Team Fills Need for Pillow Packers at Arden

A woman in a baseball cap, face mask and orange vest attaches a tag to a pillow Easterseals Arc participants working at Arden Companies help brighten outdoor furniture in the United States and Canada.
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Pre-Manufacturing Academy Creates Path to Jobs in Steuben County

Close-up of hand holding pen Class sizes at the Pre-Manufacturing Academy at Easterseals RISE may be small, but the goal is not. These classes could become a path to jobs in manufacturing for people with disabilities.
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Grocery Trips Feed Martha's Social Appetite

A woman poses for photo with a grocery store employee A year of tight restrictions on socializing has cramped Martha’s style. Now that she's beginning to get out more, trips to Kroger are still a highlight of her routine.
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Music Therapy Helps Develop Social Skills

A young man plays a glockenspiel Once or twice a week, a group of Easterseals Arc participants in the Transitions program rides a bus to the Dolnick Learning Center at Purdue University Fort Wayne. There, instructors and students in the music therapy program guide them through an hour of rhythm, dance and maybe some problem-solving, too.
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Career Connections Uses Virtual Visits for Exploration

A woman uses a phone to take video of a woman holding up a book Easterseals Arc has reshaped many programs to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19. One innovation is the development of Career Connections, a weekly event that takes Easterseals Arc participants on virtual visits into area businesses via Zoom sessions.
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Teen Builds Friendship Skills by Bridging Generation Gap

A teen boy poses with a senior woman When a New Haven teen working to communicate better met a woman in a nursing home four years ago, it was the beginning of a friendship with staying power.
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Billy and Umi Job Are a Perfect Match

A man with a mustache in a red T-shirt and white baseball cap Umi seafood and sushi restaurant has it all for Billy: a good schedule, a lunch break, and a great crew of supportive co-workers and managers.
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Retirees Stay Busy After Leaving Work Behind

A woman sits at a small table holding a bouquet and balloons Easterseals Arc consumers are much like other workers when it comes to deciding to retire. Sometimes health or mobility concerns move them to take it easier. Other times, they like the idea of more leisure time. Part of retirement planning is considering how to live their “best life.”
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David Finds His Fit at Jack's

A man wearing an apron, face mask and hat washes a large tray After six months on the job at Jack’s Donuts, David loves his job. “I love the atmosphere here,” he said.
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RISE Art Purchased for Credit Union Decor

Brightly colored painting of dog's face 3Rivers Federal Credit Union has purchased two pieces of art by Easterseals RISE participants for its new Angola branch.
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Marci Makes Move Toward Independance

Close up of young woman wearing plastic face shield For Marci, 28, living more independently, apart from her parents for the first time, is a new experience, one that she began in May. She’s proud and excited to have her own key to her own home.
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Dream Teens Adapts for Summer 2020

Summer 2020 Dream Teens When Dream Teens began in early June, the initial plan was for a program of virtual lessons designed to help protect the participants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That plan has since evolved to include volunteer experience and in-person classes.
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