David Kling’s Life has gone to the dogs — and he wouldn’t have it any other way
Kling is a participant of Monarch’s Creative Arts and Community Center day program in Southern Pines and is a resident of a Monarch home there. He recently landed a job at Watch My Wag, a nearby dog daycare center. Two days a week, Kling cleans kennels and feeds, waters and washes the dogs. His favorite part is playing with the dog of his choice before returning to the day program.
“I love it,” says Kling, 53. “I just do whatever they need me to do. I used to work at Wendy’s, but I like this a lot better. I love the people here. They’re so sweet and supportive of me.”
Vrnda Bailey is the owner of Watch My Wag. She hired Kling on the spot when he and Daisy Smith, a Monarch employment support specialist, visited the kennel when they learned a job was open.
“David is one of the hardest workers at Watch My Wag,” Bailey says. “His desire to perform 100 percent of the tasks with 100 percent of his effort is unparalleled. He is polite, responsible, accountable and committed to adhering to all the policies and procedures we have in place. He has a thirst for knowledge and a heart of gold. We are enriched and enhanced as a facility because of his presence. He has definitely filled a need and added value to Watch My Wag.”
“I’m happy here,” Kling said.
When Smith first began working with Kling, they did an employment assessment, in which she found what jobs interested him. Then they went into the community and talked with employers, and discovered the job at Watch My Wag.
Smith said that the routine, repetition and simple tasks of the job are a good fit for Kling.
“He is learning while he’s here as well,” she says.
Kling got the job through Monarch’s supported employment program. Since then, he and two other people supported by Monarch have landed jobs, according to Rahnelle Rosado, MCACC’s program director.
That’s definitely something to wag your tail about!
Pictured above: David Kling (left) poses with a furry friend from the kennel and Monarch Employment Specialist Daisy Smith, who helped Kling land his dream job.