AdaptAbilities - Linda Dunaway
One year ago the staff at Toward Independence (TI) in Xenia could not get two words out of Linda Dunaway. Her head was always down, she was grouchy, and she didn't want to leave on planned excursions.
Then, in October 2015, Linda had a secret.
"I didn't know Linda, except to see her," Beth Esterkamp from TI reveals. "I was at our agency picnic when Linda approached me."
"I've got a secret. You can't tell anybody," Linda told Beth. "I got a job. Can you believe it? Igot a job!"
The "one" in one bistro's name is short for Our Neighbors Eat, a philosophy that Executive Chef Robert Adamson wanted to bring to the "food desert" that was downtown Xenia. He approached Mary Crockett, community development coordinator for the city. She in turn approached Mark Schlater, CEO of TI, expressing the need for a restaurant in downtown Xenia, and said they were interested in using the empty storefront adjoining TI...