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Michael M.

Supported Employment

Armed with great communication skills and a fantastic work ethic, Michael Marquiz was ready to look for a job! To…

Dion

ExploreAbility

For someone who struggles with new environments, Dion has come a long way at AbilityFirst. Ever since he joined in…

Clara

Lawrence L. Frank Center

Staff and fellow participants at AbilityFirst’s after-school programs have become like a second family for Clara. She has been with…

Rafael

Supported Employment

Rafael had the ability to work and a natural interest in connecting with others. However, he didn’t quite know how…

Citlaly

Claremont Artist

This is Citlaly and her beautiful artwork! Citlaly shares that her favorite part of daily program are the arts and…

Emily

College Success

Sometimes adversity can lead to opportunity, and eventually, success. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Emily was attending Pasadena City College, working…

Elder C.

Going Above & Beyond

Elder Cervantes is used to going above and beyond—and his hard work is paying off. A participant in the Work…

Rebeka P.

Moving Up

Rebeka Pineda has plenty of experience in the Work Activity Program, having been a member for nearly seven years. Her…

Leysi B.

A Star Employee

Between raising a two-year-old son who has a disability, improving her English language speaking skills, and dealing with the challenges…

Alec H.

Growth & Independence

When Alec Hamilton’s family moved from Florida to California, they had no connections in the area. Two years later, they’ve…

Nick L.

Making Great Strides

After turning eighteen in May, program participant and junior volunteer Nick L. felt disappointed and nervous about leaving his original…

Jessica M.

A Chef in the Making

Is Jessica Marrero a chef in the making? Time will tell—but after four weeks of internship at a local café,…

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