Jim Fights for Independence

With determination and a helpful hand

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Jim was always a hardworking, beat-the-odds kind of guy. Born with Cerebral Palsy, suffering mild hearing loss and limited use of his right hand, the cards were not always stacked in his favor. But he persevered - graduated from high school and obtained a driver’s license at a time when many with similar disabilities did not. Determined to be independent, Jim joined the workforce after graduation.

After 25 years, his company went out of business and Jim was out of work. Jim turned to The Arc of Greater Boone County, a United Way-supported agency that provides job placement services to Central Indiana residents with disabilities.

Soon, Jim landed a job as a shipping clerk and eventually bought a home. But two years later, his arthritis and the aging effects of Cerebral Palsy began to take a toll and he was unable to perform his job without assistance.

Once again, he turned to the same United Way agency for assistance for help finding part-time work. And once again, he was not disappointed. Jim began working part-time as a laundry attendant at Witham Hospital. Not only was it a great fit for his physical requirements, but it also boosted his morale and he became one of the staff favorites in the hospital.

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