Walk into the Abilities United administration building on a Monday morning, and you may be greeted by Armando, a participant of the Abilities United Independent Living Skills program who is also learning and receiving job skill training in administrative tasks. Armando’s exuberance for life comes out in everything he does. His smile and sunny demeanor are infectious and puts everyone in a good mood.

Armando first came to Abilities United in 2010 as a participant in the Adult Day Activities Program. He also participated in the Community Connections program helping to put together the cable access television show that airs from time to time, and acting as a roving reporter.

In the summer of 2015, Armando left the Day Activities Program and his services changed to focus more on developing his independent living skills and job training. He began to volunteer his time to help the Abilities United Administrative Assistant, Laurie Zitzer, with administrative tasks. In the past year and a half, Armando has assisted in a diverse number of special projects and learned a wide variety of skills including:

  • Customer service
  • Mail and package processing
  • File, copy and scan skills
  • Packets and folders assembly
  • Label making

“I like doing welcome packets and deliveries…I like my volunteer job. I’ve learned job skills.”

Armando lives in Sunnyvale with his parents and five brothers. He regularly attends church services, travels, and enjoys hiking with this family. He takes classes through the Mountain View Adult Education program. He enjoys going to Great America and is a big sports fans, particularly of the 49ers and San Francisco Giants.

Armando loves working with people and contributing his time to help Abilities United. He has really enjoyed his time working with Laurie and all that he’s learned from her. He’d love to go to a Giants baseball game at AT&T Park, and someday hopes to get a dog!