Recent blog posts

Time to Get-A-Way- Vacationing

The sun is shining, grills are going, festivals are in full swing, and pools are open. Summer is here and vacation plans are in full effect! As I stated in an earlier blog, I took on Birmingham, Alabama this year. Although I attended and presented at a conference; I still managed to visit the science... Read more »
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Independence Day Is Everyday

Happy Independence Day! As I think about it, every day is Independence Day to me. As a person with a disability, I truly value my independences. For most with challenges, independences are the root of their soul. I know it is for me. One major thing I value about independence is, having a job. My... Read more »
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Age Isn’t Nothing But a Number

How old do you feel? Often, we let our age determine what we can and cannot do or shall I say, will not do. When you age, your body tends to weaken. It doesn’t work as well as it did when you were younger. Still, do you believe you can do anything as long as... Read more »
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Empowering Independence Award Winner – Mollina Wilson

Mollina Wilson has had a difficult life. She grew up in Colorado with a father who was unable to take care of her. He suffered from alcoholism, was a heroin addict and schizophrenic. Due to this, Mollina went through a number of abuses. After her father passed away a week before her seventh birthday; Mollina... Read more »
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Overcoming Obstacles – Monica Smoot

“Miami Valley Works has had an astounding impact on me and has catapulted me into a different frame of mind. The program turned me around, through mentorship, job search and job readiness training, and all the support services.” – Monica Smoot “My life had always been tumultuous, one crisis after another. But, the final straw... Read more »
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Finding a New Passion – Kristoffer Cook

“Vets & Employers Connection took me under their wing. They helped me get a job at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Commissary. The job provided me with the benefits I needed. I am truly grateful for everything they have done for me.” – Kristoffer Cook Kristoffer Cook knew he wanted to be a United States... Read more »
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Shari Takes On The South

I went to Birmingham, Alabama last week and had a blast! I must admit, Birmingham wasn’t on my bucket list of cities to visit.  I didn’t think it was really a tourist state and it’s very hot in the south. As a matter of fact, it was in the lower nineties all four days; but... Read more »
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Building Memories with Dad!!

Nothing beats a homemade gift from the heart and gifts for DAD are always hard! It seems like most DAD’s rarely need or want anything, which can make material items seem like a waste of money. But I do know one thing… my DAD always enjoys and spending time doing fun activities …making THIS the... Read more »
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Advocacy Secret Agents (Shari & Shekinah)

I love to advocate for disabilities rights. When I think back, I’ve been doing this all my life.  My opinion is voiced loudly when I believe there is a need for change or when my friends are experiencing unjust treatment.  I once heard, “only the squeaky wheel gets heard” and I have done a lot... Read more »
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Visits Goodwill Easter Seals as He Works to Address Workforce Shortage Created by Opioid Epidemic

  Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) to highlight the work of the Main Street Recovery Center in Dayton as he leads bipartisan legislation to combine federal workforce and job training grants to address the workforce shortages caused by the opioid epidemic. Earlier this year, Brown and Sen.... Read more »
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