As anyone who has experienced a job loss can attest, being employed is far more than earning a paycheck. It provides a reason to get up in the morning; a sense of being part of something outside of ourselves. It helps to keep us engaged with others.
Rachel Meyer’s job is very important to her. She’s been employed with the same company for seven years. Her accomplishments there are a source of pride as she’s worked hard to earn her current position and rate of pay. She’s valued by her employer as a willing worker who provides a needed service for the company.
In addition, Rachel has developed meaningful relationships with her co-workers and her work environment helps her to remain connected with other people.
Being employed also means that she’s contributing to her community whether through the quality products or services she provides or through the purchases Rachel makes with her paycheck.
Like many of us, Rachel’s job is a big part of defining who she is.
Several years ago Rachel’s employment was in jeopardy when her parents developed significant health issues that prevented them from being able to provide Rachel’s transportation to and from work. With no public transportation available, Rachel was facing joblessness.
Fortunately, the Partnership for Hope Waiver was available to Rachel. This innovative waiver service was created in 2010 as a way to shift from a crisis driven system to one of crisis prevention. The Partnership for Hope Waiver serves eligible individuals with developmental disabilities who require $12,000 or less annually to access necessary services and supports that develop greater independence within their own home and community.
For Rachel, having transportation that allows her to continue working provides a multitude of benefits and prevents potential financial, social and mental health challenges people face while unemployed.
Through the assistance of the Partnership for Hope Waiver, and the loving support of her family, Rachel continues to enjoy a balanced and fulfilling life.