My name is Scotty and I always wanted to become an auto mechanic, even when I was in school. I currently work at X-Excel a day hab for adults with disabilities. When I started my journey I [was] in charge of vehicle maintenance for the vans at North Canton. I checked the fluids and let our mechanic know if the vans had any issues. I then became the mechanics assistance. 

In just the past couple of months, I have learned how to do an oil change, brake pads, and how to put a radiator in. I just recently watched a video on how to replace ball joints. I am hoping that one day I will be able to get a job at Ziegler Tire part-time. They have been so helpful in letting me assist and learn. They even gave me a shirt.

I really enjoy working on cars and I am on the road to success and I am not going to stop until I get there. So, whoever has a dream job of any kind, go for it and don't stop until you get where you need to be in life. Being an auto mechanic is my dream job and I am going to push until I get where I need to be. I wanted to give up and thought that I would never accomplish my dream. I was wrong! Don't let anyone tell you different!

​Written by Scotty


Jeremy started working in September 2017 at SARTA (Stark Area Regional Transit Authority) Monday-Thursday. At the bus garage, his primary responsibility is to clean one bus each day. He washes the windows on the inside and outside, wipes down the railings, and does his best to ensure that germs and dirt are removed. 

On Fridays Jeremy still enjoys coming to X-Excel. Jeremy is a kind, gentle soul. He has always enjoyed helping others, like getting their lunches out, pushing wheelchairs to tables, or with whatever else his co-workers ask of him.  Jeremy also loves going on recreational outings with his many friends at X-Excel. 


Brad has always had a dream of working in broadcasting. He has done things at the day hab to help prepare him for this type of job, like reading out loud in front of his co-workers and typing newsletter articles.

Brad decided to start taking classes at Stark State in Alliance. In January 2018, Brad started his second semester.  He is currently pursuing his dream by taking a speech course this semester!


Jake is a type of person who accomplishes whatever he puts him mind to. Recently he has done some pretty incredible things. Jake practies and teaches Tae Kwon Do at McFeeder's Tae Kwon Do Studios in Alliance. On Saturday March 10, 2018 Jake earned his Black Belt!

At X-Excel, Jake does amazing things. He is extremely artistic and will often come up with outstanding ideas. Recently he took the initiative and created a training using Powerpoint, showing how to safely operate and clean the new miter saw. 


"I went to pizza oven and they were hiring, so I went to fill out an application and they turned it into Papa Bears [they have the same owners]. The next day I got a phone call and they gave me the job. The job coach stayed with me and a company called quality of life gives me [transportation] to work and they pick me up. 

I'm a dishwasher at night and I wash them. They have me do the pizza pans. You have to wash them and then wash them twice. Then you take them over to stack and greese them. I take out the trash and boxes at night. I do everything on my own now." 

What do you like about your job?
"I get along with everybody and I get free food and drinks. I check my schedule and what days I have to work and everything."

What advice would you give to others who might be interested in a job outside of the day hab? 
"If you need help finding a job, come and see me for advice on how to get a job."   


"Volunteering can help ease fears and connect people to new opportunities. Steve has always been interested in community employment. We started volunteering at Local Roots and in the kitchen at the Kroc Center (a community center run by the Salvation Army to help those with the greatest need). Through these experiences, Steve's confidence grew and he became more comfortable. Steve was ready to join a job placement program and recently completed the first wave of temporary employment. He is ready for his next employment placement and permanent employment down the road. 

We are thankful to local businesses for making these opportunities available and helping to strengthen the bond between community members."

W​ritten by Kendra Van Zile, PC in Ashland


Charley started working in January at Taz's game center in the Carnation Mall. He is currently working several hours during the week with a job coach, while still working the other hours during the day at X-Excel.

Charley has also accomplished another goal of his, moving into his own apartment. This has been something that he has talked about doing for a very long time. 

It's awesome to see success happening for Charley personally and professionally.