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Charity Dunn, Consumer Highlight

Hi, my name is Charity Dunn. I just came back from my vacation. We went to Kentucky, I had fun. I am going back again soon. I had fun, and I work at Ability Counts, Inc. for Landscaping. I have fun, and work a lot I am busy and it is a very hard job! On the weekends I go to the mall, walk around and hang out with my friends. I go shopping and I buy clothes and shoes. I also do things with my friends and vape. I like to vape because it relaxes me whenever I am under stress. And I like to dye my hair.

Spotlight On: Lorrie Dowding

ACI: What got you interested in this field of work?
Lorrie Dowding: I was previously working with Area Board XII doing LQA (Life Quality Assurance ) surveys and ended up having to directly meet with a client at Ability Counts, Inc. I had met with Claudette Phelps who impressed me on how she was working and training the clients on the work floor. She had told me that I should apply as a job coach and gave me an application. From their it has been such a pleasure to work with our clients and to see the progress that each of them have made in the jobs.

ACI: What’s it like working with people that have disabilities?
Lorrie Dowding: When I worked as a job coach, it was a blessing to work with clients. They demonstrate good work ethics, had excellent attendance and when they learned a new skill, I was very proud to have been apart of their success. It was very easy working with the clients, I had such a wonderful group and became very close to them, they show unconditional love.

ACI: What are your hobbies and things to do outside of work?
Lorrie Dowding: I enjoy the company of my family, having my grand-kids sleep over and bake and make crafts, scrap booking with my sister and going to Ladies Home Fellowship on Thursday nights with my dear friends. Enjoy reading the bible and planting flowers and yard work when the weather is nice.

Spotlight On: Maricela Torres

ACI: How long have you been with Ability Counts?
Maricela Torres: I have been working for Ability Counts now for about 10 months.

ACI: What got you interested in this field of work?
Maricela Torres: I got an interest in ACI, because I really enjoy working with people and helping them in whichever matter needed. For years I would come across clients with different challenges and disabilities and I can always say that they were very caring, determined, hard working, individuals.

ACI: What’s it like working with people that have disabilities?
Maricela Torres: I enjoy coming to work everyday just knowing how happy they
all are to see me and I am to see them as well. I enjoy helping them in any work related situation they come across. I try to give them positive feedback daily on how hard working they are and what a wonderful job they do.

ACI: What are your hobbies and things to do outside of work?
Maricela Torres: I enjoy spending time with family and friends during functions were I get to see the family together and just enjoy the blessings God has given us. I also like listening to music and I love to go dancing.

Spotlight On: Jaimie Bonseigneur

ACI: How long have you been with Ability Counts?
Jaimie Bonseigneur: I’ve been working with Ability Counts for over 3 years now. But my cousin has been a consumer for ACI for 20 years, so I’ve been attending family functions here since I was a little girl. When I dropped my cousin off at ACI, I had asked if they were hiring and I applied. Since then Ability Counts has been my second home!

ACI: What’s it like working with people that have disabilities?
Jaimie Bonseigneur: Being a Job Coach is a very rewarding job. It still amazes me how unstoppable the consumers are when it comes to their work. They love to learn new things and to know when they are doing well and how they can do better. Working with them is defiantly the best experience I could ever have.

ACI: What are your hobbies and things to do outside of work?
Jaimie Bonseigneur: On weekends I love to hang out with my family and find new adventures to go on. We try to stay active and go to the park or on bike rides or even a trip to the mountains. When I’m not doing that you can
find me hanging out at home enjoying life with the people I love.

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