Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) August 12, 2013
People with disabilities are useful members of society who need to be pushed and given the chance to prove themselves, a special needs instructor said.
Mabel Perez, an employee at People's Care in Alhambra, welled up and shared with Pasadena News how her clients with developmental disabilities improved their skills in just a few months.
People's Care is a 15 year old company founded by Michael Kaiser whose goal is to provide excellent support and advocacy for individuals to live and thrive in a positive, life-enriching environment.
"In the future, they can be more independent and have a job," said Perez, 36. "They start feeling like they can develop more skills that they didn't think they could do. Some of them were afraid at first, but now they know how to do it."
Every Wednesday, Francisco Osorio, Hau Chi Luu, John McLaughlin and three of their peers volunteer at the Corner Bakery Cafe in Pasadena. They water trees, wipe tables, change trash bags and pick up trash.
The group has been volunteering since February. Angel Torres, the store manager, said he is happy to have these guests socialize, eat and provide service at his coffee shop.
"It helps them because they don't get treated like they have special limitations," Torres said.
As Osorio filled a plastic green watering can, Perez used her left hand to help him with the weight of a full jug. "Good job! Focus. More. More. Good job!" she said before giving him a high-five. Osorio, not a wordsmith, grinned.
Through Perez's translation, Osorio was able to express himself in English.
"I like coming to Corner Bakery because I like to water the plants," he said, with a smile and nod. "At Habitat for Humanity, I like packing screws into bags."
Because People's Care has exposed Osorio t
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