A Helping Hand

Friendly Wheels, Issue 104
October 2016

With Amigo owner Stefan Orlando of West Branch, MI.

For Amigo owner Stefan Orlando, helping others has always been second nature.

 

Stefan's natural instinct to lend a helping hand later evolved into over 25 years in the education industry. "I always had a knack for helping others out," he said. "Even at a young age, it was something that came very natural to me."

 

Growing up in West Branch, Mich., Stefan was the youngest child in the family. "Though I was the youngest growing up, I always had the responsibility of watching my younger cousins," he said. "I guess that's where it all started." Stefan continued to mentor others as he got older. While in college, he worked as a summer camp counselor at the Saginaw YMCA.

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After completing school, Stefan began his career at Ogemaw Heights High School, which is his alma mater. Stefan worked as a high school teacher for

nine years before switching to his current role as a high school counselor.

With experience in both positions, Stefan noticed several differences between being a teacher and a counselor. "A big difference as a counselor is that there's less homework to go through," he said. "I actually have time to watch the Detroit Lions play on Sunday afternoons!"

In his role as counselor, Stefan also enjoys the opportunity to connect with students on a deeper level. "It's definitely more gratifying as a counselor because you can build a stronger relationship with students," Stefan said. "I'm able to make a one-on-one impact with them and see their improvements firsthand."

 

Heading into his 26th year at Ogemaw Heights, Stefan continues his everyday work with the help of his Amigo. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis seven years ago, Stefan wasn't really sure what to expect. "I thought I would have to leave my job on disability," Stefan recalls. "But once I got my Amigo, it immediately helped and allowed me to continue working. It was a Godsend."

 

When Stefan's not helping out at school, he's most likely helping out at home. With a wife and three children, Stefan enjoys his downtime by camping, cooking and attending his children's sporting events. "Whether at work or home, I use my Amigo everywhere I go... it's my life!"

We are truly inspired by Stefan's commitment to education and his passion for helping others. We hope you have a fun and successful school year!

  

 

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News Flash

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Friendly Wheels, Issue 123

August 2018

 

Amigo owners often share inspiring stories. From overcoming a mobility challenge to figuring out innovative ways to go to new places to helping people in their communities, the experiences they share never cease to amaze us.

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Shannon DeWall, JD, an attorney, wife, mother and community volunteer in metro Detroit. Learn more about her story below.

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

Friendly Wheels, Issue 122

July 2018

In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's experienced a similar situation: the Shepherds. James Shepherd and his mother founded the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia specializing spinal cord injury rehabilitation, in 1975 in response to an accident James endured as a young man. Learn more about his family's inspiring story.

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

June 2018

Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

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