After a degenerative condition limited Jay’s opportunities to work, the Fuse33 Makerspace gave him a renewed sense of purpose.

Jay, a resident of Forest Lawn, uses a wheelchair to get around. He can no longer work due to a degenerative condition, which has isolated him from his community and significantly impacted his life.

Despite this, Jay has established a routine for himself, which includes getting out for a “stroll” each morning. One day, he discovered the new Fuse33 Makerspace, a community workshop selected as one of three Forest Lawn Hub sites. United Way investments ensure the space is accessible to all residents.

With 30 years of experience working in a shop, Jay immediately felt at home in the Makerspace. He started dropping in and sharing his knowledge by mentoring a few of its members. The Makerspace team saw value in his experience and are working with Jay to design wood lathing and fabrication courses that he will teach.

Over time, Jay shared that he was afraid he would never find a job or be able to do what he loved again. But working in the Hub has made a huge difference in his quality of life; he has found a place to belong, contribute his experience, and earn extra income. “Most importantly,” says Jay, “there are people here that I can talk to.” That’s the power of a Hub.