Stories | Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana

Jon

Jon, an Easterseals Passages participant, is quick to describe himself as the “go-to guy” wherever he works, a man who masters many tasks so a supervisor can rely on him to fill a gap or learn a new job. That’s the way his part-time job at Pyrotek in Columbia City is turning out, too.

DJ Andrew

DJ Andrew has been practicing his craft at parties for decades. Now he’s finally a radio DJ, too.

Angie

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.

Martha

A year of tight restrictions on socializing has cramped Martha’s style. She loves people, but she hasn’t seen nearly as many since the pandemic began last year.

Billy

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.

Aaron

When a New Haven teenager working to communicate better met a woman in a nursing home four years ago, it was the beginning of a friendship with real staying power.

Jerome, Robert and Alex

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.

David

After six months on the job at Jack’s Donuts, David loves his job. “I love the atmosphere here,” he said.

Marci

For Marci, 28, living more independently, apart from her parents for the first time, is a new experience, one that she began in May.

Mike

Mike hit rock bottom by his early 20s, and he knew a serious change was in order. Since coming to Easterseals Passages a few years ago, Mike’s confidence and worldview have shifted in many unexpected ways.

Austin, Jonquia and Heather

Easterseals Arc consumers are learning new work skills as they perk up members of Parkview Family YMCA.

Vera

Celestine Ditaway found a a good fit for a new living arrangement – and a friend – in Easterseals Arc participant Vera. At the beginning of April, Vera moved into Celestine’s home in Fort Wayne.