Ivy Street is changing my life because they’re teaching me how to live a life normally. Even though I have brain injury, I can live a normal life.
My job coach helped me make a list if things I like to do. I like to bake and to read. I’m also good at math. I’m learning how to follow recipes in the kitchen and I’m training to be a volunteer at the hospital. If I try different things I will be able to get a job that I like.
Boston is fortunate to have outstanding organizations such as yours providing critical services to residents … thank you for your commitment to strengthening our community.
- Former Mayor Thomas M. Menino
I spend a lot of time with my family and I go to work every day. I work at MABWorks and Clarks Shoes, and I volunteer at Caterpillars to Butterflies Day Care. My housemates and I hang out—we go to the gym, malls, movies, and church.
My volunteer helps me pay bills and reads my mail to me, so I can keep everything organized.
I choose to give to MAB because when I needed help, MAB’s arm reached out and took hold of mine. I lost my vision in my thirties but when my husband died I had to face life all over again as a blind person in my sixties. MAB’s support group saved me. My MAB volunteer helps me to be productive, but he’s also one of my best friends. MAB has made all the difference in my life.
On Saturday night I went out to dinner. I had a hamburger and fries, and an ice cream sundae for dessert. I paid for it with my own money, from working at MABWorks.
I worked hard at my job in the kitchen. Since leaving I am using the skills taught to me to find a full time job. I would like to be a fitness trainer. I know it won’t be easy, but with my confidence and determination that Ivy has given me I will succeed!
My mother was a founding member of the first support group. When she passed away we directed gifts made in her memory to MAB. She would be so pleased to know that her work to help people cope with sight loss did not end with her death.
I like my job because I get to work with animals - I love dogs.
MAB Community Services
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446