June 18, 2021
By: Pamela R. McDaniel
Work gives individuals a sense of purpose and self-worth. For many, it defines who we are, and how we fit into society. Work helps improve individual and family finances, and it helps us connect socially. All individuals, regardless of disability, deserve the opportunity to be full members of their community where they can live, learn, work and play at every stage of life their life.
We are so proud of the people we support! Our supported employment specialist serve to help individuals find and maintain gainful employment in the community to create more fulfilling lives for themselves.
Larry – A Natural Born Worker
Day one of working at Moon Dumpsters, Larry’s supervisor was so impressed with his work, that he contacted the head owner. Larry’s supervisor reported to the owner, that Larry not only did his job, but he took the initiative to complete other task without being told. The owner askes to speak with Larry, and gave him the highest compliment telling him, “Larry, I’ve heard nothing but good news about you. You are the best worker we have hired in a long time. Keep up the good work!” Having this job makes Larry feel more independent, and responsible. “I am working to build my finances, and put my life back together so that I can get a place of my own. I feel blessed to have a job”, Larry stated. Regardless of what his background looks like, Larry decides to seek help, and move forward to better himself, and become a productive member of society.
Austin – Gaining Confidence and Building Skills
Austin has been employed at his first job at Goodwill for two months. Austin is diagnosed with Autism and suffers from anxiety, especially in unfamiliar places. Supported employment orientation/training helped him to have a good start with his job assignments. Austin’s supervisor is pleased with him and his work. Recently, she stated, “Austin is wonderful and a pleasure to have. Everyone loves him and he keeps all of us laughing. He is phenomenal!" Austin enjoys his job and is happy that it is a great fit for him. Working has improved Austin’s ability to socialize with co-workers, and build relationships that he would not have otherwise had.
Lana – First Job to Independence
Stuffing from a traumatic brain injury, Lana was total hands on when she came to the supported employment program. She started her first job at Marshall’s about six months ago, requiring prompts, redirecting, and constant supervision. After working with the employment specialist, we are happy to report that Lana is completing her task without being told. She has taken on more job task at work, allowing her to realize how much she can learn and do on her own.
Supported employment is about helping people with significant disabilities enter or re-enter the labor force. Individuals who participate in our supported employment program are encouraged, equipped, and empowered in the gifts, and talents God has placed in them. We pride ourselves on seeing ability, and not disability!
August 15, 2019
10 Years and Counting!
By Alex Sholtz
Path Forward of KY was founded in January 2009 with the goal to provide effective and individualized services to people with disabilities. We began in Louisville with Supported Employment and then as the years passed we continued to add services and 3 new regions, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and the Bluegrass. 10 years on, we now offer Case Management, Behavior Supports, Personal Care, Community Living Supports, Respite Services, Community Access, Acquired Brain Injury Services, Family Home Providers, Ticket to Work and an even more thriving Supported Employment Service, in three Regions.
This decade of work has grown our great team of staff and contractors that embody our mission, vision and values. With a leadership team boasting of more than 75 years of experience in Human Services, and having Brittany lead us on our journey, we look forward to building even greater services and Regions for the exceptional people that we serve. When you get right down to it, it’s all because of rock solid teamwork. After all, that’s the PFK Way!
April 5, 2018
Lisa is a 48-year-old who has been married to her husband Craig for 25 years. Together, Lisa and Craig live with what Lisa dubs her “fur family,” which consists of two cats, Tippy and Juicie, and a dog, Sweetie.
While both Lisa and her husband are college-educated, employment opportunities for her have somewhat diminished over time after her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2003. Lisa does not view her diagnosis as a roadblock so much as an alternate course in her life’s journey. Rooted in her faith, Lisa has sought for an opportunity to share with others, through education and advocacy, that even after being told one has a chronic illness there is still hope.
To that end, Lisa founded and currently facilitates a self-help group called “Myelin Matters,” with the goal of educating and spreading awareness of MS in her area. Part of Lisa’s responsibility is to line up sponsors and speakers for monthly educational programs. Her advocacy is extending as she will be serving as an MS ambassador in Frankfort and later in the spring in Washington, DC. Lisa enjoys public speaking and is grateful for opportunities to share with others as she has been called to speak in several areas of the MS community.
Several Mondays a month, you can find Lisa with a fellow church member at her local nursing home ministering in song to the residents.
“Sure, it would be ideal to be paid for what I am passionate about, but God provides always, and in his time, not mine,” says Lisa.