A Life Like Ours
Your gifts opened doors from isolation
Maintaining a sense of normalcy and routine during a pandemic has been encouraged for people of all abilities – but it’s a crucial necessity for people who have developmental disabilities like Paul and his housemates. Disruptions in routine and schedules are especially challenging for Paul. That’s why Group Home Manager Donna Bright and her staff dug in to create a new, safe normal.
Because your support never wavered this year, your gifts have continued to provide a safe, caring and supportive atmosphere where individuals with disabilities can achieve their goals.
“God bless my staff – I’m always amazed. They have families of their own, some of them have older parents and young children. Every day they are here, they choose to make it a good day for the individuals in our home.” – Donna Bright
While these days might look different, because of you doors have been opened for new and creative ways for the residents to stay busy and engaged. Van rides have become a popular outing, and often with a destination to learn something about the community from historic sites to local parks.
The outdoor fire pit has gotten a lot of use and overall there’s been a lot more time spent outdoors. Some of the residents have even found being outside helps them to calm down. Your gift was the difference during this time.
And as November approached, Paul was counting down the days. Election Day was close and he couldn’t wait to make his trip to the polls to cast his vote. For twelve years, Donna and Paul have set out to exercise their right to vote, together. And this year, maintaining this tradition felt more important than ever.
“We are going to the polling place – we are going to put on our masks and go.”
On November 3, the tradition continued. They arrived early, took the necessary precautions – and because of you, Paul voted. And of course he likes to go ahead of Donna, because he wants to get his vote in first.
Although, much of life doesn’t look the same right now, your gift ensures that Paul and his housemates have a quality of life that is meaningful to them – and as you already know, this has never been more important.
You were the difference in Paul’s life. Without you, he might not have stayed safe through this crisis. Thank you for making sure Paul knows he is not alone. Right now there are other adults in our group homes, who much like Paul, need resources to stay safe and carry on life in meaningful ways through this crisis. Because of you and your support, help and resources are ready and waiting for an adult in need.
Learn more about the Developmental Disabilities program at HumanKind by visiting here.