EnableUtah: John

John is a quiet person, but open and friendly with new people. He also has Prader-Willi Syndrome, which affects both his mind and his body. For over ten years, he has been working at EnableUtah, which serves people with developmental and physical disabilities. Companies contract with EnableUtah to provide packaging and assembly of goods, and John works on a variety of projects as needed. He earns wages and learns new skills, and most importantly, he lives a more independent life through this program.

John lives in a group home and takes public transportation to and from work. In addition to his job at EnableUtah, he works another job one day a week at Hill Air Force Base. He has also been working with EnableUtah staff on life skills to help him interact with people in a variety of situations.

John is quick to mention that his hobbies include painting, thanks to a new EnableUtah program called Creative Abundance. This program provides a variety of art projects for clients to experience, and sometimes brings in guest artists to lead projects. Last year, a local artist came and guided participants through painting their own pictures. John painted a bird and a landscape, and still talks about how much he enjoyed it. He is looking forward to the next opportunity to create his own art. The program is available to clients in slow periods when the work contracts aren’t as busy, and also if they are having a bad day or are struggling to focus, allowing them to create artwork to deal with their stresses.

Things are looking good for John. He enjoys his work at HAFB and EnableUtah and the feeling of accomplishment he gets from developing and using new job skills. United Way of Northern Utah is proud to be a partner in supporting EnableUtah as it helps improve the lives of individuals in our community.