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SOAR365 Supported Employment Inspires DeCarlos to Dream Big

SOAR365 Supported Employment Inspires DeCarlos to Dream Big

DeCarlos Savage never dreamed he’d be an intern on the floor of the Virginia General Assembly. Seeing legislators debate political issues in real life was surreal. It was nothing like watching on TV.

“I was in a state of shock during this whole thing,” says DeCarlos. “I was like, ‘Wow!’”

Meet Antonio

Meet Antonio

One of Antonio’s favorite places to be is in the kitchen. His face lights up talking about food. “I like to cook shrimp, fried rice, chicken alfredo, steak,” he says. Who taught him to cook? “I taught myself to cook!” he says proudly, with a laugh.

He does give some credit to the cooking skills he learned after school in SOAR365’s Youth Services. Program participants use the kitchen for lessons in making everything from kimchi to cakes.

Meet Iffad

Meet Iffad

When Iffad first came to SOAR365 Supported Employment in December, he wouldn’t say a word. He would only communicate through his father. And he wouldn’t even make eye contact. Things didn’t look promising.

Luckily, Iffad was paired with Leeanne Jones, one of our knowledgeable and encouraging employment specialists.

Meet Nafeesah

Meet Nafeesah

Nafeesah beams as she wears a t-shirt with pastel colors and cheerful bubble letters. The message? “Today is not the day.” That mix of sweet and sassy is well known to her family, friends and staff at SOAR365. But that wasn’t always the case.

Meet Nathan & Sarah

Meet Nathan & Sarah

Learn more about two of our Supported Employment participants: Nathan & Sarah Nathan is currently working at Food Lion, where he has been learning new skills in inventory management, organization and customer service while on shift.

Summer Camp Application is Live!  

Summer Camp Application is Live!  

Summer Camp is our favorite time of year, so we are already dreaming up fun activities for our 2024 campers. The application to join us for one of the ten summer camp sessions is now live. Submit your application today!   At Camp Baker, kids and adults with disabilities get to enjoy all the traditional fun of summer camp. The 22 wooded acres are a...

Adult Day Support Celebrates Prom

Adult Day Support Celebrates Prom

Program participants worked hard to plan an event to remember.   It’s prom season! And SOAR365’s Adult Day Support participants couldn’t wait to celebrate. Sunny spring days are perfect for socializing, and SOAR365 offers Adult Day Support at three locations across the Richmond area. “What’s a fun activity that we can all come together for?” wondered...

Meet Basilo

Meet Basilo

MOBILE CREW MEMBER EXTRAORDINAIRE Basilo’s work attendance is as reliable as the sunrise, and he has the warm, beaming smile to match. Each weekday morning, he travels on the city bus system to SOAR365 @Westwood, navigating (occasional) unpredictable schedules and making multiple transfers before arriving for his 7:30 am shift. But these obstacles can’t...

Meet Tony

Meet Tony

TWISTED TACO WELCOMES TONYTony at Twisted Taco.jpgThe Twisted Taco at VCU is preparing to welcome a new employee! Tony has been a participant in SOAR365’s Supported Employment program since before the pandemic, and he has been patiently waiting for his chance to shine. Tony’s longstanding interest in kitchen work kept him focused as he and Leo Castro, his...

Meet DeAngelo

Meet DeAngelo

At SOAR365, it’s important to us that our Supported Employment participants with disabilities not only find work, but that they find the right job for them. Sometimes the journey is a winding one. When DeAngelo first came to Supported Employment, he had previous experience doing laundry — so a job cleaning bedding and other materials at the Richmond SPCA...

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