Client finds unexpected opportunities at ACBVI
Two things strike you when you meet Anthony Brown. The first is that he’s always on the move. The second is that he’s truly grateful for all the ways his life changed over the last year.
Anthony came to ACBVI last April after a stroke took away his vision and hearing. For months, he had been riding the bus in search of a place that could help him reach his goals: coping better with his disability and finding a job.
In our P.R.I.D.E. program, he learned practical skills like using a white cane and a computer. We also helped Anthony to get hearing aids, after years of reading lips.
“They actually teach you what you need to know, what you want to know,” he says.
We noticed Anthony did a great job of keeping our facility clean while he was in our program. So we offered him a job as our new maintenance man and he started the day after he graduated from P.R.I.D.E.
He’s now saving for a house and enjoys hiking in Papago Park and attending church events.
“If you can graduate and work here, it’s like whew – because then you can give back."
Editor's Note: Anthony is featured in our new agency video. Read more about that HERE.
About The Author
Jon Williams is the Fund Development Officer at ACBVI. He has over 25 years of professional non-profit experience in development, fundraising, volunteer and event management with national non-profits including the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and three member food banks in the Feeding America network, including his last position as Development Manager with United Food Bank in Mesa. Originally from South Bend, IN and a graduate of Ball State University, Jon has devoted his career in giving back to the community and providing assistance to those underserved populations needing help. A resident of Chandler, Jon enjoys the Arizona lifestyle along with traveling near and far, a great live concert or an exciting sports game!