A congenial young man, Clark has been a client at Vocational Solutions since 2009, having moved to the Asheville area with his parents from New York state. He now lives in a group home in East Flat Rock.
Clark is an active participant at Vocational Solutions. In pursuit of the goal of competitive employment, Clark works on skills such as staying on task, communicating with others, and accepting responsibility by volunteering at the Carl Sandburg Home goat barn where he performs important tasks such as sweeping the barnyard and path through the pasture and cleaning the barn. Clark also participates in community integration activities such as Meals on Wheels to develop appropriate social and communication skills. When he is not working at the Carl Sandburg Home or delivering Meals on Wheels, Clark works at the Vocational Solutions workshop doing piecework. In all of these settings, Clark’s work is overseen and evaluated by Vocational Solutions staff.
Clark also attends Vocational Solutions/Blue Ridge Community College classes at the YMCA where he has improved in sports skills as well as social skills. In the academic classes at Vocational Solutions, Clark has improved his money skills, reading, writing, and independent living skills such as cooking.
In his free time, Clark states that he likes to collect model airplanes, watch TV, go for walks, attend movies, and bowl with the Mountain Bowlers.
When asked what Clark enjoys about Vocational Solutions, he said, “I like being with friends and doing my work here.” He also stated, “I’ve been doing very good work at Carl Sandburg. My work has improved.” Staff members who work with Clark wholeheartedly agree.