“Believe in you. No matter who says what to whom about you, it isn’t true until you believe it.”

That’s what AFFT member Jayme Hollenbach of Lebanon County, Pa. tells his patients—and everyone else who wants to succeed in life. He works as a vocational adjustment counselor, helping patients at Wernersville State Hospital prepare for a variety of careers.

Now he’s living life to the fullest by helping Wernersville patients succeed. He’s also taking his own advice and learning some new skills of his own: most recently, picking up the hobby of home improvement. He started by putting in faux stone on his 15 ft. fireplace, then decided to go crazy and redo his whole kitchen!

If you’ve ever watched Fixer Upper, you know that removing a load-bearing wall or installing new cabinets—just two parts of Jayme’s new kitchen—is no joke. For Jayme, it all comes back to having confidence and being willing to learn.

We are so proud to have Jayme as part of the AFFT family!

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is Senior Writer and Researcher with Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector workers offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2020, Suzanne worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, as Policy Director with the Yankee Institute, as a contributor for The Hartford Courant, and as a regular commentator for WNPR’s The Wheelhouse.

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