Laila Schumacher works for these moments—when Elizabeth Eagle Feather finds something funny and smiles from ear to ear. “It’s what makes our job our job,” says Laila, who has served as a front line leader at Black Hills Works for almost three years, guiding the direct support specialists who work to care for the people Black Hills Works in Rapid City serves.
Tyler is outgoing, sociable and loves technology. He’s always on the lookout for new apps and gaming equipment and loves taking things apart to see how they work. Moving out of his mother’s house was a learning curve, as it is with everyone. The realization that Tyler could make his own decisions slowly began to sink in.
A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and a person served by Black Hills Works in Rapid City, Cindy says it is the future as much as her difficult past that motivates her to serve as a voice for people with disabilities.
Ordean Stevenson is a people person. It is in the way he stops strangers to complement their hair, the way he can remember every single birth or anniversary date you tell him, and the way children seem to be drawn to his storytelling.