One day early this winter, Vanilla Ice helped Jalen McClary over a big hurdle. And the hurdle? Ironically enough, it was Jalen’s fear of walking on icy or snow-covered steps. He simply refused to go down steps if there was ice or snow on them.
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Charlie and Rachel Tucker certainly have demonstrated that they have that patience. A few years ago, they decided to adopt a child. But that doesn’t happen overnight, so they chose to become foster parents while they waited…patiently.
Most families would find it difficult to imagine the challenges facing a family when a child has a developmental disability. They might find it even harder to imagine being able to rally the relentless hope and perseverance that, sometimes, can help that child grow into a bright and energetic person.
Angel has severe autism and has a history of running off. His lack of verbal communication is extremely challenging and can be dangerous. If Angel was lost or injured, he would have no way to communicate his needs.
Brittney Kalmas has been with Damar for 10 years. She leads a team of master level clinicians providing one-on-one services for Damar clients. Kalmas says the work/life balance and daily reminders of the impact she’s making is why her role at Damar is remarkable.
From the entry-level employee to the clinical specialist, and from the Direct Care Technician to the Accountant, every one of us can say, “I don’t just work at Damar … I am Damar. I make a difference.”