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2022 Jefferson Award Honoree: Katie Jones

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2022 Jefferson Award Honoree: Katie Jones

2022 Jefferson Award Honoree: Katie Jones

The first thing you notice when you walk into Adaptive Communities (AC) in Wausau is all of the activities taking place.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- The first thing you notice when you walk into Adaptive Communities (AC)  in Wausau is all of the activities taking place.

People are painting, playing ping pong and  puzzling.

"I enjoy hanging out with my friends," says Jesse Godfrey.

Adaptive Communities opened its doors in 2017 as a social center for special needs adults.

The driving force behind it is Katie Jones who is being recognized for her efforts with a Jefferson Award.

"It's been amazing," Katie Jones says.

Jones dreamed of opening this "hang out" as she calls it--after working as an educational interpreter for a decade.

"We were noticing that when they graduated from high school there wasn't a club or place they could go to do do activities and meet with friends," Jones explains.

So, she and her business partner set out to change that by opening the non-profit center.

It is a safe place they can go with their friend and staff--and have a reason to go out and do something" Jones says.

There are in-house activities here and others in the community.

Everyone has their favorites.

"Play bingo, go to the 400 Block and the library," Joe Skuggen said.

So far there are 87 members and the club will expand into the Appleton area this fall.

A dream come true for Jones.

"There are just no words to describe this whole situation," Jones said.

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