Some find their Valentine's at work

February 12, 2009 10:13:02 AM PST
Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired has not only given people with disabilities employment opportunities, it has also helped many to find their true love. Juvetter Woods and Tracey Skillon started dating on Valentine's Day five years ago. Juvetter works in the Lighthouse's clock line.

"I make and assemble clocks, and sometimes I do a little packing in the packing area," Juvetter said.

Tracey works on dye cutter machines.

"I cut dowel faces for clocks," Tracey said.

Despite their vision impairment, Tracey saw Juvetter first.

"She's a gorgeous women, so I went on her side started talking to her asked her name then I realized when we went downstairs for break she was on the phone. I said, 'Oh man, I have no luck.' Maybe she had a man already," Juvetter said.

It turned out she didn't. Juvetter never imagined she would find love in the workplace.

"I always said I would never date at the workplace, but it was just something that happened. We became attracted to each other," said Juvetter.

"This is the first time I had come into this situation...it's always outside where I work at," said Tracey.

They are not alone.

Rita McCabe, another clockmaker, found her life partner Tim in 1980.

"It really wasn't planned that way, but I would talk to his people, that he was in another group another program here at Lighthouse, and I used to say, 'Hey, what's the score of the Cubs game or the Sox game?' and then he'd tell me because he had a radio," Rita said.

After being together for 26 years, Tim died October of 2007. Rita says she has no intentions of finding love again.

"I loved Tim dearly and I don't know if I could ever fund anyone. I'm not looking at the present time at all," Rita said.

Finding love in the workplace is possible.

"It really doesn't matter where you look-- I mean, even in your workplace, it just might happen," said Juvetter.

Tracey and Juvetter are planning on getting married. Tracey has big plans for Valentine's Day.


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