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Meet RuthAnn!

Meet RuthAnn!

Meet RuthAnn!

RuthAnn Started with DSC in 2017, as an Employment Counselor after working 30 years as an analytical chemist. “I was headed to retirement, but then sidetracked when I came to work at DSC.” She knew another Employment Counselor here at DSC and a friend met someone from the state DRS (Department of Rehabilitation Services) office at a High School reunion. Both of them recommended working at DSC to her. “My friends thought it would be meaningful and a good change for me.” RuthAnn shared.

Since coming to work in the Employment Services department at DSC, RuthAnn has had the opportunity to start a group focused on learning about horses, a topic several people who choose DSC services are interested in. The group has recently visited Gordyville and a locally-owned farm. RuthAnn also leads a group that volunteers at the I.D.E.A. Store. The group sorts donations, and especially enjoys shopping with the store dollars they earn for their work.

Making such a big career transition is not always easy. RuthAnn expressed that the biggest difficulty has been monetary. In addition to working at DSC, she holds a part-time job at the Carle Gift Shop. Her favorite part about working at DSC is the people in her groups. One thing she’s learned is that just because someone has a disability or doesn’t appear to communicate the same as you or I, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t able to comprehend what’s being said. This has taught her to be a more empathetic person, and a better communicator.

RuthAnn still looks forward to retirement and she is often thinking about new ideas for groups.

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