Dual Client Program is a Recipe for Success

The Dual Client Program at Volunteers of America Texas proves to be a recipe for success for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also look to achieve financial independence.

Just ask Symone Dillard, the first participant to complete the program. She has received support from Volunteers of America Texas since 2006. Staff members in the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities program in Houston have had the opportunity to watch her grow from a middle schooler to a responsible young lady working and going to college.

Symone currently works part-time for Goodwill Industries as she has since graduated high school. As a result of wanting to expand her career, Symone began attending Houston Community College taking a culinary arts class. She successfully passed the class and learned to bake pastries. She loved doing this so much, she wanted to continue her education, but needed help paying for an additional class. VOA Texas Support Specialist, Alayne Dobson, went right to work, helping Symone reach her goal.

She was able to find what Symone needed within the VOA Texas administrative office. After discussing the needs with Danita Wadley, Houston regional director, a collaboration with our Financial Opportunity Center began, not only was Symone able to get her tuition for her class paid, she had an opportunity to receive the full benefits of the FOC by participating in their workshops to gain financial literacy.

By combining the services of our IDD and FOC programs, Symone was able to successfully find help close to home. Now, she's able to give back teaching a pastry class to the individuals at our Life Enrichment Center. She will be volunteering her time to give back and in turn showing others with disabilities what they can also achieve.