Jordan has been volunteering in The Village at Rockville, an assisted living facility, for almost two years. He “officially” helps in the laundry room, but really he enjoys working directly with the senior citizens. He escorts them to various activities such as balloon volleyball, exercise classes and concerts. Jordan especially likes playing Wii with the seniors and assisting them with arts and crafts as well as puzzles. They all look forward to his infectious smile and miss him if he isn’t there! Jordan receives support services from The Arc Montgomery County’s Vocational & Day Services division. In his free time, Jordan enjoys spending time with his family and shopping at Union Station in Washington, DC. He’s also a big country music fan who likes listening to the latest artists.
Jamila is originally from Barbados and she lives with her mom in Silver Spring. She’s worked at Victoria’s Secret and Michael’s, is a big fan of the game Candy Crush, loves getting her hair and nails done, and loves meeting new people. She was part of the initial class for The Arc Montgomery County’s Transitioning Youth Retail Project (TYRP), a rigorous training program that prepares young adults with disabilities for careers in the retail sector. “Taking part in TYRP was a great experience. I learned new things and also met new friends. It gave me a chance to improve my skills and I know the program will help me to be a better employee,” says Jamilla. When she is not working at Urban Thrift, she’s furthering her education by participating in the Challenge Program at Montgomery College.
Maurine is a triplet who loves listening to music, going to concerts, spending time with friends, watching extreme sports (especially skateboarding), and science. She lives at home, but is very independent and uses public transportation to get to work and meet her friends. Maurine completed the Transitioning Youth Retail Project (TYRP) at The Arc Montgomery County, which focuses on building retail skills for young adults. She interned at PetSmart and has just been hired at Sunflower Café. “It’s cool to be part of TYRP. The class was interesting and I learned how to organize things and stay on task and not give up,” she shared. Maurine hasn’t completely committed to retail work, though, because she dreams of becoming a biologist.