Stevie Toole, a Youth Transition Coordinator at the disAbility Resource Center in Wilmington, NC, works two and a half days a week connecting people living with disabilities to resources and coordinating outreach programs at local schools.
Stevie, who was born with cerebral palsy, says that she made a pact when she found her calling in life. "I said, 'OK, God, you let me live and now I've found what I'm meant to do.'"
Despite the love for her job, she works a limited number of days, so she can still qualify for the disability assistance that she relies on from the government. However, even having a part-time job has allowed Stevie to gain independence.
When she separated from her husband, she wasn't sure how she was going to live on her own. However, her position at the resource center not only provides financial freedom, but also a community on which she can rely.