(Note: This story comes courtesy of Benjamin Greene with ARC of the Mid-South. Names and images have been changed to protect privacy.)
Jimmy is a member of our community who been diagnosed with mild mental development challenges. However, this has not impacted his desire to be a productive member of society. He qualified to participate in a specially-structured job readiness training program at ARC of the Mid-South, one of our United Way network partner agencies. Jimmy graduated from the program and secured a position at a local restaurant as a full-time busboy.
“Because of his training and his desire to continue his relationship with our agency, Jimmy was also chosen to participate in a very special basketball camp,” an agency counselor explained.
That basketball camp was perhaps the most sought-after camp in our region, since it is hosted by Coach Josh Pastner of the University of Memphis men’s basketball team. Jimmy has also been an active member of our volunteer community, serving with his time at the ARC Benefit and Award Gala.
Because of your support of United Way, Jimmy and many other members of our community who have mental or psychological challenges can appropriately learn about job readiness skills and possibly gain employment through this agency program. The agency offers comprehensive classroom instruction to enhance existing skills and teach new skills.