Several years ago, Vista created a set of nine Core Values that describe what is important to us as we work to impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and the broader community. For 2022, we have chosen to focus our blog series on these Core Values - telling the story of our students and members and our organization through this important and powerful lens.
April Core Value Highlight: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
For our next blog series, we will be highlighting the core value of Personal Development. At Vista, each student or member is striving to reach their goals, foster independence and be their best self.
In Vista’s college-like transition program, Discover, students live in a dormitory setting to foster their life, social, community and vocational skills. Danny, a student who has been with Vista for less than a year, has been dedicated to working towards his goals.
Danny (far right) with his peers and family after recently joining Vista
Besides living independently, one of Danny’s main goals is to have a strong social circle and meaningful friendships. Since moving into the dormitory, he’s proud to say that “I’ve got a lot of friends here” and he coordinates with them to make plans during the week. In addition, Danny has positive relationships with Vista staff, particularly his Program Counselor, Jamal, who he describes as “awesome.”
During his regular routine, Danny works on numerous tasks that all help contribute to his Personal Development. With his peers in the dormitory, Danny assists in tasks like cleaning up after meals and keeping their communal spaces clean. He also works with his roommate to ensure that their room stays tidy. Outside of the dormitory, Danny has advanced his crosswalk safety training so that he is now able to cross the street independently without support. With time, Danny hopes to complete his goal of increasing his safety training so that he is able to support other students in crossing the street.
Danny crossing the street in the local community independently
One of Danny’s other goals for the future is finding and maintaining paid employment. While Danny has previous work experience, he is working with Vista’s Job Development team to figure out his career interests and grow his vocational skills.
Jess Lillge, Director of Vista’s Discover Program, has watched Danny’s journey so far. She shares, “In Discover, it has been so wonderful to see how Danny has grown and settled into the dormitory. He has fostered relationships with his peers and staff, while demonstrating dedication and perseverance in increasing his independence. We look forward to seeing Danny continue to achieve his goals in the Discover Program.”
As Jess said, it is exciting to see the progress of students like Danny and imagine what their future will bring!
More to come!