Rising to the Challenge!

Meet Jimmy S.

Jimmy was abandoned by his family at a very young age.

During an operation as a child, his vocal cords were severed, resulting in his loss of speech.

He moved to the Ithaca area in the 1970s, and started working at Challenge at that time, in the Work Center and community enclaves. Since 1984, he has been an hourly worker in Commercial Cleaning.

Jimmy lived in supervised community residences/supported apartments and now has his own apartment.

Today, he’s well-known around Ithaca, and is highly decorated Special Olympian. Jimmy’s athletic prowess was further recognized last October, when he was inducted into the Ithaca Bowling Hall of Fame. He’s competed in league bowling in Ithaca since the 1990s, with an average around 120 during that time.


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