As a teen with Autism, I encountered many social obstacles with my disability. I got in trouble at school and was a distraction in class. Then, Thanks to United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters, I met Jackie. Jackie helped me build relationship skills and confidence in myself. She taught me how to drive a car and took me to the movies, and other fun outtings. She even encouraged me to apply for my job at Riesbecks. I recently celebrated my one year anniversary as a bagger at Riesbecks and I still really like my job. I have come a long way since Jackie has become my big. I now feel comfortable sharing my story and dealing with Autism. I am a lot less shy in speaking with others.
Jackie and Seth have formed a lasting relationship that extends outside the realm of Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. Jackie continues to stay in touch and encourages Seth to work toward all of his goals. He has made great strides as a young adult with Autism and continues to share his story of Community Impact with others. Without the community investment in United Way Seth's story would not have been possible. Your investment is making an impact right here in the community every single day.