Cathy is one of the most happy-go-lucky clients in PDS. Cathy loves life and is full of sunshine and playful friendliness. She has a very strong personality, a very positive attitude, and a unique sense of self.
Despite her significant disabilities, Cathy has impressed everyone by retaining a part-time position at Borders Books and Music in San Rafael since April 1996. Her job is to strip unsold magazines of their covers so that they can be redeemed for credit by the manufacturers. Finding this job for Cathy was kismet since she has always had a "thing" for magazines, often keeping a collection of them under her mattress at home. Now she gets to be surrounded by magazines all day long! Cathy would probably love her job even if she didn't receive a paycheck.
Cathy is always listening to the sounds and conversation that are going on in the room. She understands language better than she can speak it, but that doesn't stop her from expressing herself. Her vocabulary is limited to a few words that have multiple meanings for her. For example, "Moose" is a word that Cathy uses to describe almost any animal. When someone calls her co-worker "Kat" over the intercom at Borders, she eagerly calls out "Moose!" Luckily Kat doesn't take it personally!
She loves meeting new people, and often greets strangers with her trademark "I'm Cathy!!" and "How ya' doin?!" She loves children and can be heard exclaiming "Baby" when she sees one. She likes parties, especially when there is cake. Although she has some difficulty with her walk, Cathy nevertheless tramps around with her friends at a vigorous pace along the shoreline at Pickleweed Park, one of her favorite spots. But movies are probably Cathy's favorite activity of all. She claps loudly when there is applause in the movie and has been known to make kissing noises at the screen during love scenes.
Cathy gets along with everyone, and everyone gets along with her. Her excitement and unusual joie de vivre are infectious blessings for those of us lucky enough to work with her.
Sadly, in May 2011 Cathy became unemployed due to the closure of our local Border¹s Books and Music store. We are looking a for a new job for her. We are not sure if there are many other stores that do magazine stripping but we also think Cathy could help do large mailings or do laundry for a hairdresser, dog groomer or tanning salon. Cathy is a sweetheart and we hope another opportunity will come along for her soon.