Heather used to stop into a McDonald's restaurant near the RHD Nebraska offices. She saw employees behind the counter, working amid the hustle and bustle of the day -- and then she noticed that the restaurant was hiring. One year later, Heather is still employed at the restaurant as a dishwasher. She also works on the maintenance crew.
"I wanted a job," Heather said. "It was my idea; I was going there and eating there, and I just applied. I like everything about it. I like the atmosphere, I like my customers, my co-workers, my supervisors. I like to work."
Heather also does artwork at Live Yes studios, RHD Nebraska's creative arts day program, and maintains her own residence with the support of staff. She lived at Beatrice State Developmental Center for two years before coming to RHD.
"My life is so much better," Heather said. "I have freedom. I'm working on more freedom. I'd like to be able to live by myself, but I know I have a lot of work to do before I get there. I'm working on it.
"I didn't think I would ever have a life like this. I was hoping and dreaming, you know? Now I have it, and I'm not letting it go."
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