Our CSL Journey

  1. Meet Joey!

    IMG_4773 Who is Joey? Joey has many gifts including a love for old cars, the Dukes of Hazzard, animals and playing his Dad’s guitar, just to name a few. Joey is kind, enjoys joking around and hanging out with his friends. Joey moved into his own home for the first time, with some support from Opportunity Inc. When Joey first moved into his own home, he needed to learn life skills necessary to rent his own place. Joey is beginning to learn these things and is taking a tremendous amount of pride in his home. Opportunity Inc. began talking with Joey about what he wanted to do first. Joey identified he wants to learn how to meal plan and make food. He wants to get his mail and look at his bills. Joey wants to go to work and participate in social activities that are important to him, such as church. Joey wants to have place for his cars, his tools and all of his DVDs. Putting together Joey’s gifts and identified outcomes, Opportunity Inc. began to provide support to Joey.

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  2. Challenges? Not here!

    Lily has been living in her own home for the past several months now. It continues to be fascinating to be a part of Lily’s life as she flourishes living independently. Lily has had to overcome several challenges to live independently. Many of these challenges are the same ones that Opportunity Inc. has identified for many of the people we are supporting. One, in particular, is developing independent living skills. In Lily’s case, she has never had to pay attention to what it takes to own her own apartment. Staff have supported Lily through skill development in the areas of home safety, safety in the community, what to do in emergencies, how to pay her bills, budgeting and how to get her mail. When Lily was living in an AFH setting, these are things that were done FOR her, just by nature of the living environment. While it has been a lot to learn, Lily is making progress in each of these areas with the support of staff doing these things WITH her. Lily is proud of her progress of overcoming these challenges and is proof that with determination and the right support, it’s possible. 021

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