“That short amount of time with the individual has to change their life.”

- Shane

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hours empowering people with disabilities

Zach has always had a love of the outdoors. In his free time, he can usually be found in his back yard, mowing the lawn or making sure his snow blower is working properly before the first snow.

But when Zach began working with his LSI hourly support staff, Shane, he found a new love: music.

Shane is an hourly support staff with LSI’s Services for People with Disabilities. Each week, the duo works together to help Zach stay active in the community, practice his coping skills, and achieve his personal goals. Music therapy has become a major part of their time together.

“We play guitar quite a bit,” Shane says. “I think music therapy is very important. It just helps calm the soul down. When we can use our time to utilize music like Zach has, it can be a great coping skill, and it’s working for him.”

During each session, Shane teaches Zach a few new chords or strumming patterns that Zach can practice on his own. Not only is Zach learning how to play the music he’s heard on the radio, but he’s also learning to channel his anger in a healthy way by using the music he loves.

“I know when I’ve had a long, bad day at work, I get kind of angry rather quickly,” Zach says. “If I can, I go to my room and grab my guitar and start strumming some chords. I’m not much of a singer, but I’ve started putting some words with some of the jamming out I do.”

Seeing Zach’s new appreciation for guitar is just one way Shane is constantly inspired to work as an hourly support staff worker.

“Hourly work is a little more difficult. Your time stops in two hours,” he says. “A lot of the motivation is that you only have a short amount of time. And that short amount of time with the individual has to change their life.”