Through Vinfen Connecticut’s support, Jamelle Lewis lives and works independently within his community. Jamelle started receiving services from Vinfen CT nine years ago. Since then he has moved from 24-Hour Residential Support Services to his own apartment with 12 to 15 hours a week of individual support. Jamelle has also secured competitive employment as a custodian with the help of the Vocational Training Center. “The staff at the Vocational Training Center are nice. They gave me good advice and I took it. They stuck with me the whole time and I appreciate it. They saw I was a good worker,” he said.
Jamelle has been working in this position for almost a year now. He likes working with his coworkers and earning a paycheck. Recently, his employer raised his weekly hours from 20 to 40, because Jamelle is such a talented, dedicated employee. The increase in hours not only provides more pay, but also more exercise as he does a lot of walking while he cleans. Jamelle is happy and proud about his success. “I want to tell people like myself that if I can do it, they can do it too,” Jamelle said.