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The Sky’s the Limit!
Sam Uthmeier - 2016 ODC Personal Achievement Award Nominee

12/07/2016 01:12Author Jennifer Blum

On a Saturday in early 2011, Sam graduated from high school. The next Monday, he began a new journey at ODC… and, according to Stacey Schultz, ODC CommunityConnect Developer, there is now no limit to how far Sam might go.

“In another year,” she said, “we’re going to be blown away by what this man has accomplished.”

Sam’s biggest challenge has always been adapting to change. Introducing anything “new” into Sam’s life could cause problems. But when he was introduced to work, ODC staff quickly realized that the quality and timeliness of his work was amazing, and that he excelled at the jobs he was assigned. 

“This was the first work experience he had ever had,” said Stacey. “If he thrives at ODC, he might thrive anywhere… so it was now time to help him move toward community employment.”

After three years in the training center, Sam signed up for ODC’s CommunityConnect service, another move that took him out of his “comfort zone”. He participated in a Career Exploration group, then joined in on Job Volunteering group activities. The next step for Sam is training in a retail helper position at Weiler Convenience Stores, where he will learn the ins and outs of a service industry position.

“I don’t know where Sam’s limit is going to be,” said Stacey. “He is capable of anything!”

Congratulations, Sam, on your nomination for ODC’s 2016 Personal Achievement Award!