Farewell ODC, It’s Been A Journey

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Yesterday it was decided that in just a couple months I’ll be weaned off having any job coaches at all. I will be getting kicked out of ODC’s supported employment services, or as I like to call it graduating and being back to working on my own.
It’s pretty bittersweet, but this was just the push I needed, I’ve been using this safety net for a long time because I’ve been afraid of falling, but I know it’s time to spread my wings and fly. I’ve been doing so well at work and using my natural and professional support systems.

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped me on this journey, from when I fell on my face as a teenager to now as I’m taking my life back!

It’s taken years, but, oh, the places I’ll go!

Part of my story in the video below.


My journey with ODC started several years back when I had my mental breakdown that took away my ability to work because of my depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder. I met with someone at Opportunity Development Center to see if I could do some kind of work again. I did a few job trials to see if anything would fit, and I did a little bit of work at the actual site of ODC but I was still very very sick. I spent most of that time in and out of the hospitals for suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts. Eventually we found the fit of working at local library and I was able to do a temporary trial there and was eventually hired. That was about 6 1/2 years ago. Since then I have had a promotion and I’m happier than ever, and apparently I’m doing so well, it’s time to say farewell to ODC.

To everyone at ODC: Thank you for believing in me and for giving me the chance to prove myself and for helping give me the tools to get to where I am today. It’s been a journey and I’ve fought so hard to get here.

I feel like I am a success. A success story.

I have my wings and now it’s time to fly!

❤ Katie Butterfly

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