KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Each weekday at the Cansler YMCA, you’ll find Amber Dailey, 24, working to keep the play area in tip-top shape.

Dailey takes pride in her job, is meticulous with detail, and has worked hard to get here, whether it’s keeping toys clean, or trying out a new duty she’s learning to love: dusting.

“It’s fun to work here, get up every day. I like to work a five day week,” said Dailey.

Dailey got the job here thanks to the Project Search program at UT Medical Center, through a partnership with Breakthrough Corporation.

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The program provides on the job training through a nine-month internship, then pairs people with disabilities with employers like the YMCA, willing to give them a chance.

“The Y is very inclusive and diverse both in our membership and our staff and so Amber brings just an example of that along with our members,” Cansler Y’s membership director Donna Richter said.

Kendrice Colebrooke of Breakthrough Corporation agrees.

“They have been awesome in allowing Amber to work with the children and learn different skills and have increased her hours because she’s such a great asset to this business.”

So does Danny Matthews, instructional coordinator with Project Search. “From the moment we met her, we realized she was somebody who- she doesn’t do anything to get recognition. She just does what she believes to be right.”

It was an honor to present our WATE 6 on Your Side Hero Award to Amber Dailey, for overcoming obstacles and giving her best every day.

For more information on jobs for people with disabilities, or to make a donation to support this and other programs, contact Project SEARCH at