At the young age of 16 years old, Sheldon Guthrie was in a motorcycle accident that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the loss of his right arm. Over the next few years Sheldon worked several part time positions with limited opportunity for professional growth. Sheldon quickly became frustrated and discouraged with unreliable part-time employment. He found himself struggling to pay bills and support his daughter. He then decided it was time to reach out to Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MOVR) for assistance in finding meaningful employment. MOVR referred Sheldon to the TBI Works program at Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC).
The employment specialists at RIKC provided Sheldon assistance with preparing a resume and cover letter, practicing interview skills, and building confidence. Sheldon was very determined to find employment to support his young family. After only a few weeks of filling out applications and submitting his resume, Sheldon landed a positon at PORTCO. PORTCO provides contracted custodial services for Whiteman Air Force Base. Sheldon told his Employment Specialist, Dave Bickel, “I like being independent and I don’t view my disability as a barrier to working hard and being successful.” Sheldon has been at PORTCO for over two months and is happy with the increased support he can provide to his family.