With Your Help, Blind People Like David Can Keep on Truckin'
David Dunagan came to us from rural Georgia. His father was a substance abuser, but his mother loved and protected him. Though he went to public schools, he was sheltered by his rural environment and never got out much. He was shy and timid, but he had a great smile, and everyone at BLIND, Inc. soon liked him. Because he'd been sheltered, he made a number of mistakes, but he learned from them. With our world class training, he developed the skills and self-confidence he needed to succeed. Since he's an Assembly of God member, we helped him find a local church, which gave him lots of new friends. Since there was no work for him at home, he decided to move to Minnesota. Because he’d never worked before, it seemed that unloading trucks at FedEx in Maple Grove would be a good first job. The starting wages were great, and he needed no prior work experience. But we took nothing for granted. We turned a narrow room at our training center into a mock-up of the interior of a semi-trailer truck, and trained him how to unload and load boxes. By the time he graduated in June 2016, he had an efficiency apartment and a job as a package handler at FedEx. He's worked there ever since. And he got more assertive, too. One day he showed up at work, only to learn that the shift had changed. He said he’d spent an hour getting there, and wanted to work! So they found work for him. Little things like these are the fabric from which success is woven. David no longer depends on others. His employer and his church depend on him. He’s a contributing member of the community. With your help, other blind people can be too. Please help us help more Davids by donating through Give To The Max Day.