VALPARAISO | David Evans began working at Opportunity Enterprises in the Outsource Solutions industrial services division in May, 2012, and currently works five days a week assembling piece work. Evans also participates in enrichment programs at OE including Community Integration and Assistive Technology, and takes part in the After Hours Activities Club, or AHA Club, where he is learning to cook. His favorite recipes so far have been tacos, biscuits and gravy, and “dirt” pudding, a chocolate pudding recipe with crushed cookies and gummy worms.
While Evans has been at OE for only one year, his level of self-sufficiency has increased significantly. Evans tells his family he loves coming to OE, and enjoys having structure and routine as part of his day. Evans' grandmother and guardian says that because of his time spent in OE’s day program and services, David has become much more independent and helpful at home.
In recent months, Evans has decided to try his hand at laundry, regularly makes his own breakfast and lunch, and even made an entire spaghetti dinner on his own.
“David is so much more grown up now, and takes on more responsibility at home,” said Evans' grandmother Lois. “David absolutely LOVES to cook, and will often ask me what WE are making for dinner.”
“David loves all of his supervisors in OutSource, and also loves the other clients. While he didn’t mind missing school, he wouldn’t dream of missing work,” says Lois.
To celebrate his accomplishments, Evans was awarded an Amazing Client of the Year Award at OE’s Celebration of Achievement in March of this year.
During his acceptance speech, David shared his gratitude. “I would like to thank OE for giving me the opportunity to do what I’m good at. I would like to thank my mom for getting me into OE. Some of the things I like best about going to OE are socializing with friends, going to computers and cooking. Going to OE gives me something fun to do each day.”
For more information about OE’s OutSource Solutions program, contact Sherrie Benkovich at (219) 464-9621, ext. 271.