Stories | Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana


Succeeding at one community job is a significant accomplishment, but Damian had the drive to do more. He recently added a second part-time job to his busy life.


Zach sweats the small things, because dozens of small things taken together determine whether the Taco Bell where he works looks clean and inviting.

Kylee and Nick

Kylee and Nick met years ago through participation in Easterseals RISE programs. They began dating, and Nick proposed more than five years ago. In July 2023, they made it official with a wedding at a park pavilion on the east side of Angola.


Before his senior year of high school began, Julian was worried about working his first job – two hours each weekday at a Pizza Hut restaurant. Now, months later, his boss is so pleased with his work that he hopes to keep him on his team after Julian graduates.


The pace is fast, and the shift goes quickly. Rachel, 18, has found a good fit in a job preparing and serving food to hundreds of students.


For Megan to be going to school and gaining work experience at the same time would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. Now, the Pre-ETS program is only one of the new experiences Megan explores and enjoys!


For years, Carroll High School senior Jenny has talked about how much she wants to get a job. Now with the help of Easterseals Arc, she’s getting experience every weekday afternoon working at Manchester University in Fort Wayne.


A team of Easterseals Arc staff have helped Tyler learn to communicate in new ways, reduce dangerous behaviors and build relationships with his roommates and his peers in day services. “This is his new life, and he loves it,” says Tyler’s mom, Tina Slater.


A visit from Norman is delightful for Zoey, a horse at Image of Hope Ranch in DeKalb County.


Madelein is working her way off Social Security benefits. The reason? Social Security limits on earned income interfere with her making the best living she can.


Daniel says writing nearly every day helps him understand himself. Now, about once a month, he comes to Easterseals Arc to show young people how writing can help them, too.


For a long time, Melissa wanted to work in a store. She found success at the Meijer store in Angola, where she has worked for more than a year and a half.