Image: A young man wearing a hat smiles broadly. His name is Jeremy. A quote next to his photo reads, "I enjoy living independently because I have the freedom to make my own schedule in life. It promotes me to grow as an adult and believe in myself."

 

Jeremy is a self-advocate that worked with The Arc Minnesota’s housing team to move into his own apartment. He was introduced to The Arc Minnesota by volunteering at Arc’s Value Village. After showing dedication to his work, he was hired as a full time sales associate. This opened the door for Jeremy to work with The Arc Minnesota, forging a life path that works for him and getting more involved in his community.

“The Arc has helped me with getting more services such as housing, which led me to live in my own apartment,” said Jeremy. “I have also been an active participant in advocacy at The Arc Minnesota and went to the Advocacy Day at the Capitol.”

Working at Arc’s Value Village has also expanded his support network in his coworkers. He says that his colleagues have become like family to him and even helped him with his move. Living independently is important to Jeremy, because he feels it contradicts what society says is possible for him.

“I enjoy living independently because I have the freedom to make my own schedule in life. It promotes me to grow as an adult and believe in myself.”

As for the future, Jeremy’s options are endless. One thing that is certain is that he wants to continue to be an advocate for people with disabilities alongside The Arc Minnesota. He feels that The Arc is well-equipped to support other people with disabilities as they plan to achieve their goals.

“I would say that you need to trust the Arc staff. They will help you get the right services and support so you can live independently in the community.”

 

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