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Man with Down syndrome making waves at UPS

Alabama native Jake Pratt is stealing the web whereas turning into the face of variety and adversity all whereas delivering packages.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One is tall, the opposite is brief – the 2, an unlikely pairing working for one firm with one objective in thoughts.

“Doing my job, I’ve to hold my bundle to individuals’s homes and say joyful holidays to them.”

On Dec. 1, Amy Hyde posted a photograph of her brother, 21-year-old Jake Pratt, thanking UPS for giving Jake an opportunity.

The 2 had no thought a single photograph would take the web and nation by the heartstrings.

“Truthfully nothing surprises me in the case of Jake anymore – so I did not actually anticipate it to explode, however Jake is so charismatic and he loves individuals and in return, individuals love Jake,” Hyde stated.

Jake stated his neighbors Joey and Wade inspired him to use to UPS.

“He simply utilized identical to any regular particular person off the road, however we do have a few neighbors who work for UPS and after they knew he was on the lookout for a job they know the way onerous of a employee Jake is,” Hyde stated.

After ten rigorous coaching classes he is now cruising down the streets of Alabama with Richard by his aspect.

“My driver is Richard Wilson and I like his persona I like hanging out with him we go to Starbucks collectively we do all the things,” Jake stated.

Hyde added, “We’re so grateful for UPS for giving him this chance as a result of it’s onerous for somebody with a incapacity who may have an employer who will give them that likelihood.”

Jim Mayer the united statesspokesperson says regionally, Louisville additionally employs practically 200 disabled individuals.

“We expect that is simply fantastic that Jake is working for us, this actually is ups strolling the stroll on their dedication to variety,” he stated. “Right here in Louisville we now have a program the transitional studying middle the place it is a program for individuals with a incapacity to basically attempt on a job we work with a nonprofit they establish potential candidates and there is a particular coaching program the place potential staff may attempt on the job see if it is a good match.”

What does a typical day for a UPS employee appear like, you ask?

“So once I get up within the morning, I am going to the golf course at 5 o’clock after which at 10 o’clock I am going to UPS,” Jake stated.

Jake additionally holds a job at a golf course 7 days every week.

Routine is vital and after getting dwelling Jake eats dinner after which he makes his personal lunch.

“He has insisted that since beginning each jobs he loves each jobs I imply he works all these hours and I swear to you he would work extra if he may,” Hyde stated. 

He is a child whose dad and mom have been as soon as instructed he’d by no means stay a standard life and would seemingly be institutionalized and now Jake is killing individuals with kindness whereas disproving that one thing may maintain you again.

“I like being a job mannequin to assist youngsters with Down syndrome.”

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