Editor’s note: This letter has been published with permission from James’ mother.
On behalf of Steamboat Springs High School staff and students, I would like to say thank you to the Old Town Hot Springs. Starting back in September 2011 and continuing through this month, the staff at the hot springs has welcomed James, a student with autism, to come in and gain valuable life skills related to the workplace. James worked under the supervision of Matt Enochs, operations director, and Patsy Capistron, housekeeping supervisor. He went to the hot springs every other school day and tried hard to improve his work skills that will someday lead to his independence.
Each day James would check in and receive a list of duties for the day from “Ms. Patsy.” He was eager to please his supervisors and worked hard to keep the child care center clean and organized for the children. He learned about time management, job expectations and how to respect customers. He kept a timesheet and was rewarded for his hard work with swim pass cards.
Although it may not seem like much to some, the willingness and compassion to help James learn, shown by all hot springs staff members, is phenomenal. It requires special, patient humans to take time out of their busy schedules to reach out to our young community members. James has learned some valuable job skills this year in a realistic working environment that would not have been possible if restricted to the high school. So once again, thank you Old Town Hot Springs for your support.
Severe needs paraprofessional, Steamboat Springs High School