Stories | Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana


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.


With support from Easterseals Arc staff, Ellish is learning social skills that help her succeed in the workplace.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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