“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ― Audrey Hepburn
When the time rolls around to take that brave step on your own to be more independent in life, agencies like EPIC and ARC are there to share life skills with you to help you stay steady and grounded on the path to achieve your vision.
Some life skills programs focus on daily living functionality or learning job skills, other programs focus on building self-esteem, transitioning to adulthood, or stabilizing your family during life’s transitions. This week we are going to spotlight the two programs mentioned above. Check out 2-1-1 to learn about additional programs throughout (and nearby) Marion County!
Ms. Beth Lewis, Community Support Services Director at ARC Marion, is joining us as a guest today to talk with us about life skills and to share a story of one of our community members implementing the skills she learned at ARC with determination and persistence.
Kim came to ARC Marion in July 2008 to work with supported employment coaches. She has had opportunities in meat packaging and on mentoring day at Publix. She most recently worked at Signature Brands on the assembly line. However, when she was laid off a few months ago, she took it upon herself to find her next employment opportunity. She went to a detailed orientation and eventually started working, delivering telephone books throughout the community. Though the job was temporary, Ms. Lewis, applauds her efforts. “Kim wants to work, and her work ethic is extraordinary,” said Beth. “Just today she called to say ’what’s next?’”
Supported Employment services are services to help adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities hunt for and maintain careers in the community. ARC Marion supports persons currently working at Signature Brands including Kim, who returned to work on Monday, and many other businesses in Marion County. We also link people to Workforce Connection services and Vocational Rehabilitation services so that they can take advantage of programs and services already in place. ARC Marion advocates for persons who are job seeking by informing companies and offering examples of companies that have hired someone receiving Supported Employment services. It’s a win/ win for both the company and the employee.
”My goal is to ignite the fuse of positive change in the life of every youth I come into contact with!” Rashad Jones – EPIC Founder and Director
EPIC Youth Services provides Life Skills 101 curricula and presentations, helping “youth dominate life and the challenges that come along with it. And provide adults with the best resources to enhance their work with teens.”
Have you worked with a program in Marion County to build your life skills? Please share in the comments how these programs have impacted your path in life.