Stories of Impact
If you spend a few minutes with Matthew, it becomes very clear that he has a passion for helping people. Matthew is a regular at Curative’s Adult Day program where he is well known for putting smiles on the faces of the staff and his fellow Club Curative clients.
He loves wrestling, monster trucks, rock climbing, weather radio and travel books, but nothing compares to the love and gratitude that he expresses for his family. “My mom and dad mean the world to me,” shared Matthew. “They are hard workers and I want to be just like them.”
Matthew has autism and is the President of the Aktion Club, a Kiwanis community service club for adults living with disabilities. He credits Curative and the Kiwanis Aktion Club for teaching him valuable leadership, social and emotional skills that have helped him foster meaningful connections with others.
Matthew has an adventurous spirit, enjoys traveling to new places and is always willing to share his hobbies, interests and life experiences. Not a holiday season goes by without him being fully engaged in Curative’s festive celebrations. “I like bringing in treats to share with everyone,” said Matthew.
Recently, Matthew used the soft employment skills that he learned at Curative to secure a job with Qdoba. “They helped me get a job and it’s fun meeting the customers,” shared Matthew. “I even get a discount on my lunch.”
“I love coming here, playing games and going on outings with all of my friends.”
Mesha, a Program Specialist at Curative, shared that Matthew’s positive attitude and simple acts of kindness have helped him make many friends in the program. “He is always willing to help others and is the first one to welcome new clients,” said Mesha. “He is a natural leader and we could all learn a lot from him.”