Disability Employment Month

That Means Jobs!

Nick Neal loves his job at Mission BBQ!

“He’s about to celebrate his first work anniversary there, and he couldn’t be happier,” says his mom, Leslie Neal. Nick, 21, has Down Syndrome. When he aged out of another program, they chose New Hope to assist Nick with his employment goals.

Nick works the busy lunchtime, two hours a day, two days a week at Mission BBQ, with support as needed from New Hope Employment Consultants Lamar Paige or Dan Lentz. “And we love Debbie Sheffield,” says Leslie, “we’re so pleased.” Debbie is Lead Employment Consultant.

Nick is very proud to say, “I have a job,” and talks about “my money.” He also works a few hours a week at Orange Clover.

Leslie says that a job for Nick is a real blessing, and once people understand what he can do, they give him a chance. And once they get to know him, they love him. She also says he loves to pose for photos!

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