Jeff receives services through Hope Haven’s community access group day program, community access individual services program, and supported employment program. Jeff first came to Hope Haven in 2011. Over that period of time, he has made long-lasting friendships and gained new and meaningful experiences.
When he’s not busy playing with his dog, Biscuit, Jeff enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles and making structural models, like airplanes and ships. This knack for problem-solving, building, and working with his hands made him the perfect candidate for employment at McCann Aerospace Machining.
In May 2016, Jeff became an employee at McCann Aerospace. After successfully completing the application process, safety quiz, and job training, Jeff began working on aluminum aircraft parts. Jeff learned how to use a deburring tool to remove unwanted material on aluminum parts. He then began working in the packaging department where he heat-sealed plastic sleeves containing various airplane parts. In 2016, Jeff won the Hope Haven employee of the year award in his division. Though he no longer works there, Jeff continues to do contract work for companies like ABB-Baldor and Power Partners.
On his days off, Jeff comes to Hope Haven’s day program where he volunteers. You can find him delivering meals to seniors through Meals on Wheels, volunteering his time at Project Safe, or picking up litter at Sandy Creek. He loves serving the community and meeting new people while doing so. When he’s not busy helping others, he works on his personal goals of improving his health and reading skills; Jeff enjoys walking laps with his friends and reads aloud to his peers at Hope Haven.
You can find success in Jeff’s employment, amount of community service, and outreach he is involved in, and the improvement he has made achieving his personal goals. However, the true success can be found in Jeff’s increased sense of self-fulfillment, self-esteem, and the new friends he has made in the community. Jeff motivates us to be better, and we are so proud of him!