Chuck Fabbro is driven to give it his best every day at work because of what happened when he went home for lunch one day, years ago.

Fabbro, principal of education at Wolverine Human Services Inc. in Vassar, said he was making a sandwich and someone knocked on his inside garage door. He thought it was weird.

“I opened it up and there’s this gentleman standing there and he’s like ‘Hey, do you remember me?’ and I’m like ‘Uh, no,’” Fabbro said.

The man had been doing landscape work at a neighbor’s house and recognized Fabbro. “He says ‘You were my advocate in like 1995,’” Fabbro said. “And he’s like ‘I want you to meet my wife.’ So I go down a few houses and he’s like ‘This is the guy I’m always telling you about. This is the guy that changed my life.’”

The man had been one of many success stories to come out of Wolverine Human Services – one of Vassar’s largest employers and facilities of its type in the state of Michigan about to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

And it hasn’t always been easy.

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