Finding His Niche
Travis Gray ? 2017 ODC Personal Achievement Award Recipient

12/19/17 14:19Author Christina Eberhardt

Travis is a happy man, and is proud to tell you so!

From the very beginning of Travis’ journey with ODC, he was interested in community employment. After just a short time, he took a part-time position with Burger King, then added another at Central Wisconsin Counseling. Just last summer, he also worked in a seasonal position at Home Depot.

Then in July, Travis was offered a position at Dollar Tree, and reluctantly gave notice at his two part-time positions to be available for more hours there. After only a few months on the job, Travis had, by all accounts, become a real leader, taking another ODC employee who was subsequently hired there “under his wing”, giving him direction and making sure he stays on task.

Travis is an excellent advocate for community employment, encouraging others to explore that option. Although he no longer participates in ODC’s center-based services, he still maintains the friendships that he made there. The social aspect of work at ODC is very important to many people, and oftentimes a barrier to community employment; Travis shows others that leaving ODC really isn’t so scary, and that this fear can be overcome with great success!

Today, Travis will tell you that he loves his job, and he loves his life. He lives independently, has lots of good friends and is always busy with activities when he’s not at work. He really has found his niche!

Congratulations, Travis, on being chosen to receive ODC’s 2017 Wisconsin Rapids Area Personal Achievement Award!

To see all the photos from the 2017 Awards Dinner, CLICK HERE.