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Nick Kilpatrick is proud to be a part of his Jamestown community. The 42-year-old, who is enrolled in People Inc. Self-Directed Services, is a skilled string musician who brings people together with his tunes. Known by many as “Traveling Nick, the Guitar Guy,” he shares his talents with residents at Heritage Park Skilled Nursing and with shoppers at the Ashville General Store.
One of Nick’s biggest advocates is his Self-Determination Assistant Ron Matson. Ron has worked with Nick to find meaningful avenues for his time and music. Together, they research opportunities and get in touch with local businesses. In 2021, Nick decided to participate in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign as a way to share his talents and give back to the community. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to take part again in 2022, playing guitar and encouraging donations from holiday visitors to Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood. For Nick, it’s all about making connections with those around him.
“I like the people who come to see me,” he shared.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Nick has also been able to develop skills as a craftsman with Ron’s guidance. He repairs vintage fans and builds cigar box string instruments in his own workshop using a number of tools, as well as a plan for each project to help keep him organized. Recently, Nick has been expanding his skillset, while refurbishing a credenza for his apartment. He’s learned how to use a few different tools and is thankful for all the opportunities he’s received through People Inc. Self-Directed Services.
“I would like to thank all the people that have helped me to get here,” said Nick. “I like to make new friends, along with the people I work with. I really enjoy learning new things and playing my music for everyone.”
This story was part of the 2022 Annual Report.