Nahoma Cooper lives with an intellectual disability and has been working in the same building for 18 years in Wilson, NC.
When the building turned into a YMCA in 2003, Nahoma continued working there as a member of their housekeeping team.
Nahoma enjoys cleaning the facility, but more than that, she has become part of the community at the YMCA. She is a fixture at the gym and has only missed a handful of days in her entire 18 years.
Director Kathryn Davis says, “She does not miss work and always comes
in with a smile." The regulars and staff know Nahoma well and it's a
They also treat her like family, which in turn gives her an incredible amount of pride. She makes sure to wear her YMCA name tag every single day as a badge of honor.