Success Story # 2: John Hinten

Mr. John Hinten probably has the single most important job within the PCSB 40/PCADD administrative offices… keeping the soda machine stocked.

Above: John and his support staff Marcia L. show one of the picture books he uses to communicate with others.

If it weren’t for John, staff would not get their regular caffeine boost, and productivity would grind to a halt. Payroll wouldn’t get done, bills wouldn’t get paid, reports wouldn’t be completed… ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture.

Keeping the soda machine well stocked is something that John is good at and takes pride in, but it is just one of the many things he does that makes him a success in life. During the summer months, John volunteers at Cancer Memorial Park in Bowling Green, helping the keep the fountain full of water. With the support he receives from PCADD’s Community Inclusion program, John is an active and contributing member of the greater Bowling Green and Pike County community. Some of the things that John likes to do with his support staff include going to the YMCA in Louisiana, hanging out at the library, shopping, and eating out at restaurants.

According to his support staff Marcia L., one of John’s greatest achievements over the years has been learning to communicate using picture cards. Although he does not communicate verbally, John has absolutely no trouble whatsoever in getting his point across and letting others know what he wants, and the picture cards have helped him tremendously with this.  

John ALWAYS wears a smile, and his fun-loving and mischievous demeanor can brighten anyone’s day. John also has a great collection of t-shirts that he likes to show off; his favorite designs include American flags, St. Louis Cardinals shirts, and deer shirts. John has many passions and hobbies that include airplanes, tractors, school buses, watches, and bikes.

John has a collection of t-shirts; above he shows off one of his St. Louis Cardinals t-shirts

John Hinten is a success in life for many reasons… he has overcome significant barriers in communicating with others that he once faced, he volunteers his time doing things he wants, he uplifts the spirits of others, and he is an active and contributing member of the greater community. The fact that he is indirectly responsible for the high productivity level of our staff is just icing on the cake!

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