#GivingTuesday is underway today. Donations from supporters provide our students and adults with services and opportunities they would not otherwise have. Throughout today, we’d like to tell you about those who have benefited from the generosity of our community. Here is Grace and Jeremy’s story.

Our adult services program Independence360’s prevocational workspace houses machinery such as vinyl cutting machines, heat press, 3D printers, button makers and other machines, to aid participants in learning not only how to operate the equipment, but also the soft skills needed in the workplace. Programs such as “Let’s Get to Work!” help improve adults’ confidence to complete a job and the necessary social skills to get and maintain employment.

Read more: Prevocational Program Offers Adults Limitless Possibilities

Grace came to our program having difficulty in focusing on tasks and was at first fearful of using the heating press  With practice she has become more confident in her ability to complete these tasks. Jeremy has struggled with interpersonal skills and flexibility. He has been able to modify some of those challenges and has now become more confident and independent. He is now ready to transition to a competitive work environment.

We are so proud of Grace and Jeremy’s growth and achievements in the program, and proud of the beautiful products that our adults have learned to create.

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Independence360’s heat press and other equipment was purchased with fundraised dollars. Through mastering a simple task our adult participants learn life long skills that change their life for the better. But, there is no public funding for capital expenses such equipment, facilities or vans – we have to raise money ourselves to provide these improvements.

We can expand the Independence360 program, introducing new activities and career options with your help this Giving Tuesday. Make your donation at donate.spectrum360.org

To learn more about Independence360, and its parent organization Spectrum360, visit our website: spectrum360.org