I know that every business says that, but for us I think it holds a greater than average importance. Why? Because so much of what we do involves being out in the community. On any given day, you may find Imagine! employees, along with the people we serve, at local recreation centers, work sites, events, parks, and businesses.
Part of our goal at Imagine! is to demonstrate that individuals with one or more developmental disabilities have much to offer their communities if given the proper tools and support. We can’t demonstrate that if our employees don’t represent Imagine!, and the people we serve, in a dignified manner at all times.
Which is why I was so pleased to receive the email quoted below from Tom Riley, who heads Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source department, about one employee who recently represented Imagine! in an exemplary manner.
A lady by the name of Louise called this morning to inform us that someone really made her day. A very nice gentleman by the name of Mark, “with a cloth hat,” climbed into the dumpsters at Juniper Properties to retrieve her glasses for her. It really brightened her day. And now that she has her glasses she can see how bright the day actually is.
She offered this Mark in the cloth hat cash, but he would have none of it.
Having worked at the Mental Health Center she has great respect for the work we do. She was moved from admiration to adoration, and given Mark's (and his side-kick cloth hat's) heroic feat and humble refusal for a cash reward, Louise called Imagine! and will be writing a letter of gratitude for the rescue of her glasses and the brightening of her day. She's including a donation in support of the work you all do.
Thank you Mark Lightman!Add me to the list of those saying “thanks” to Mark. Your simple gesture and act of kindness serves as an embodiment of Imagine!’s mission and reminds all of us of what is really important.