|James and Tim
TimBy James Hooper
Tim and I first met through Inclusion Inc., a support brokerage
bringing together care providers and job coaches for those individuals seeking assistance.
We both knew right
we wanted to work together, as well as become friends.
Shortly thereafter, in
June of this year, Tim began volunteering here at The Arc of Multnomah
- Clackamas, where he places reminder calls for folks making donations.
At the time, Tim was pursuing work experience, to get an edge in
today's tough job market. Tim wanted to maintain his telephone skills
that he initially developed through The United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
Also, he wanted to learn new skills to further his goal of becoming
independent, both in the workplace, and in his home life.
When Tim first arrived for work at The Arc,
I remember he was very happy. Everyone was exceptionally nice, and
provided a very comfortable work environment for Tim. And right
away, Tim was very excited to demonstrate his abilities, and hoped
to be a valuable asset to The Arc. Tim has gone above and beyond
his initial goals, and has gained the opportunity to work independently
at The Arc. In fact, he recently became the newest member of The
Arc of Multnomah - Clackamas!
Tim, was born in Calcutta, India, and at the age of two and a half months, was adopted
by Sherry Marberry. Four years later, Sherry adopted a baby girl named Manisha. Tim,
Manisha, and Sherry have lived together here in Portland, and a few years ago, were
with a stepfather, Dan, who works as a freelance journalist, and racecar builder. Everyone
is very excited for Tim, as he is ready to take the next big step towards both independence
at work, and living independent in his own apartment.