Richard has been a HARC participant for more than 25 years. Through HARC’s Supported Employment Program, he was employed at Robinson & Cole for 17 years.
After he retired he joined HARC’s Life Enrichment Program, which is an active and engaging day program for adults and seniors with intellectual disability.
During one of Richard’s IPO meetings with his aunt, staff and case worker he said that he doesn’t know how to read and would like to learn.
Richard and the staff in LEP used HARC’s volunteer program to find Wendy, who is a Special Education teacher who wants to volunteer to teach people to read.
For the past 3 months every Tuesday Wendy comes into LEP to have lunch with Richard and the other participants. After lunch she and Richard work on reading and writing.
To the surprise of all the staff and even himself, Richard now reads short poems and his goal is to write and read a poem to everyone at HARC by the end of the year.
We are all very proud of Richard and truly enjoy sharing in his success. This is just one example of the amazing breakthroughs that happen every day for our participants at HARC.
I am fortunate to experience them every day and I invite you to volunteer and experience them for yourself.