Nikki Nunez is a 2014 graduate of The Arc of Luzerne County’s TRAnsition to Community Employment (TRACE) program. She’s 24 years old, and lives in Hazleton, Pa. Nikki has Cerebral Palsy, and learning disabilities such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She works as an Administrative Assistant for a large nonprofit and volunteers with The Arc of Luzerne County. She works in an office, files papers, and works on the computer. She really enjoys her job.
Nikki has volunteered at many other places as well. “I have experience working in the YMCA, in daycares, offices, and an office for people with disabilities. I also helped a man who has Cerebral Palsy,” she said.
“The happiest experience I’ve had at work is when I get a good compliment from my boss when I do a good job,” Nikki said. “My bad experience has been when I shredded a document by mistake.”
On her journey to employment, Nikki has received help from The Center for Independent Living in Hazleton, PA, and The Arc of Luzerne County.
“My hope is to work with people who have special needs,” she says. “My employers have been very supportive. They appreciate me.”
For more information on the TRAnsition to Community Employment (TRACE) program at The Arc of Luzerne County, visit http://thearcofluzernecounty.org/programs.
By Alexa Brill