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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.


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.


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.


Luke taps the screen of an iPad, and a tiny machine voice chirps, “fish crackers.” Easterseals Arc staff member Danielle Jones gives him a yellow cracker shaped like a fish. Luke pops it into his mouth.


Since August 2017, Ricky has lost more than 65 pounds. He can walk farther. He used to wear size 48 pants; now his size 42s are pretty loose. He once wore 3X shirts; now he’s comfortable in a large.


Sara says only a few words. Her sentences are only a word long. But she cares about her friends in the Adult Day Center, and she’s becoming a leader.

Liz Dixie

Liz Dixie could be forgiven if she didn’t answer to her name anymore. At Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, consumers and staff all know her as “Grandma.”


Twice a week, 29-year-old Caleb settles into a home away from home. Often he spends hours socializing with Easterseals Arc staff he adores. If there are more clients at the Respite House, Caleb usually has a bedroom to himself where he can rest or watch movies.

Aaron and RiChard

Aaron and RiChard play like their lives depend on it. No wonder. The quality of life does depend on bursts of fun to punctuate daily routines, and these two are superstars of play.