Fresh out of High School, I had no real direction or what I wanted to do. My cousin told me about the employment here at TURN, and I applied. Never in my imagination did I think I would still be here. The clients, staffs, and others in TURN have influenced my life immensely. Being employed here at TURN, overshadowed my personal expectations of my life, and provided me with the confidence needed to succeed in life. I was an exemplar, an assistant coordinator, currently I am a member of Toast Masters all of which fuel the desires to further my education. My long-term goal is to achieve a master’s degree in business administration.
My life has been greatly rewarded through my interactions with the clients, I’m blessed.
I’ve been at City Center for the Arts in downtown Salt Lake for almost the entire time they’ve been open. I came in shortly after its opening, as a DSP, and now am the coordinator. It’s been exciting to see how much the program has grown and evolved over the past 5 years, and how much the individuals within the program have grown and evolved.
It’s incredible to be a part of someone’s growth as a person, and I think that’s what keeps me in this field. I have a background in performance art and a degree in musical theater, so this job is a unique and fulfilling opportunity to use my background to enrich our clients’ lives. It’s a remarkable feeling when I see that a concept we’ve been learning in our music theory class has finally clicked, or when they have learned a new song well enough that they can sing it without my help. Seeing how capable these guys are of learning some difficult concepts and techniques, and how happy it makes them is incredibly gratifying.
Adam Watkins – Direct Support Professional /Exemplar (15 years)
Amy Franson – Direct Support Professional (5 years)