It is an honor and a privilege to share Bob's success story. Bob has been with the Workshop since 2003. He has held a variety of jobs within The Workshop and in the community, including working with Culver’s, Casey’s, and Happy Joe’s. During Bob’s adult years, he has primarily lived with his parents. In working with his staff at The Workshop, Bob had pursued getting his own apartment several times throughout the years, but always found a reason to push the move back. It can be difficult to make the jump to live on your own for the first time, especially when it is such an unknown. 2022 was a great turning point for Bob. He was offered an opportunity to work as a custodian at the beginning of the year and was open to trying this exciting venture. Bob has successfully worked in this position all year and he has made great friends and supports within his job. This confidence and success directed his living situation as well, as he continued to consider apartment options. His Case Manager at The Workshop supported Bob with this process, submitting applications, speaking with realtors, and considering all variables. Bob was offered an apartment after being on a waitlist for months, and he was open to trying it. The Workshop worked together to get Bob ready for everything he would need for his new place, as he did not bring much from his last home. The Workshop is so proud of Bob for the great steps toward independence he was able to achieve this past year and for what is to come in his future.
Jerod is a hardworking individual who has been with the Workshop since 2011. Jerod enjoys working in a variety of jobs, including laundry, the kitchen, janitorial tasks, and more. Due to the loss of a parent in Jerod’s family within the past few years, Jerod’s benefits changed. Jerod’s family was given information that led them to believe Jerod had to be extremely cautious about his income, or it may affect his ability to receive his health benefits. This is a common concern and a complex thing to manage when someone is working with both wages and disability benefits. Jerod was on-board with his income restriction, but was very concerned about making too much money and was unable to do all of the jobs he once loved. Jerod’s Case Manager collaborated with another Case Manager at the Workshop to do some investigating. Disability Rights Iowa was contacted to conduct a Benefits Analysis, a service they provide to help individuals with these types of concerns. Both Case Managers, Jerod, and Jerod’s mother met with the representative from Disability Rights Iowa and she reviewed Jerod’s history and what that meant for his income. Fortunately, it was discovered that Jerod’s benefits did not require an exceptional limit to his wages and he would be able to work as much as he would want during his days at The Workshop. Jerod was happy to be able to find out he could work as much as he wanted and his family was relieved to know his benefits would not be at risk.
Biking Across Illinois
Exercise is important to stay healthy and here at The Workshop we try to make exercise fun. In May of 2018 we decided to track our miles and see how far we can go. As of December 31st, 2018 Derrick is leading the pack biking 126.1 miles and is close to making it to Chicago! Once to Chicago we will head back to the Quad Cities and north to Galena. Way to go Derrick! Keep up the good work!
A Time For Giving
Mary Ann G. headed a campaign to give a family a very special Christmas. For over two months she asked coworkers to donate spare change toward her campaign. At the beginning of December she had collected a total of $610.10. This surpassed her expectations so she decided to help two families instead of just one. Mary Ann and her case manager, Pam, headed to Dubuque to shop for the families she chose to help. All the gifts were wrapped and given out before Christmas. We are proud of Mary Ann and all who gave just a little bit to make this Christmas special for two families.