Stories from the everyday heroes of KANDU.
Are you a client, family member/caregiver, staff member, volunteer, donor, sponsor or customer of KANDU? Click here to submit your story!
“I’m doing a new job right now. I’m doing good. I put a piece in a bag and pass it. It’s kind of hard. I’m proud of myself. I’m happy.”
—Jacob M., Client Worker
“I have been on the Board of KANDU for the past 8 years and I am so proud of the fantastic work they do for people with disabilities and disadvantages. I am continually impressed, not only by the diversity of their programs, but also by the ability to maintain a viable and growing business that impacts lives every day.”
—Marcy Weber, KANDU Board of Directors & Volunteer
“I like coming to work, making money, hot lunch on Fridays and my friends. I’m [currently] doing a candy job. It’s sticky. I did 150 stickers on a job once.”
—Amber S., Client Worker
“I once made a referral for a non-verbal client to receive speech therapy as she was struggling to communicate. Several years later, I watched that client speak and communicate to her peers and staff alike. She continues to verbalize her thoughts to this day…”
—Holly Clark, Retired KANDU Nurse
“KANDU is helpful. They help people. KANDU helps me become more appropriate, so I can get a job in the community. I am proud of myself… I have come a long way since I started at KANDU.”
—Mary W., Client Worker
“What I like about KANDU is the multiple job opportunities and working with my peers. Every day I feel happy and joyness because I see happy faces. Everyone is real nice and they like to greet you.”
—Patrick M., Client Worker
“[I work at] Dairy Queen on W Court St. I deliver trays, fill ice, deliver food to cars, clean and make chicken boxes. KANDU helps me work… helps find me jobs. I started with bus coaching and I worked at Texas Roadhouse, but it was too busy. KANDU worked to find something that was a better fit. I wanted to work at a restaurant, and wanted to work at DQ to see my “dudes”. (High school guys that come in during the lunch shift). [My dream life is] to be a mentor to other individuals with disabilities. Keep working hard, and have a nice day!”
—Alex Z., KANDU Client, Community Employment