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Impact Stories

Ms. Shirley Thorne

Ms. Shirley Thorne is a resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Ms. Thorne was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two. However, at an early age she decided that she would indeed live a productive life. Having undergone extensive surgeries to assist with her ability to walk, she endured great pain. At the …
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Ms. Ethel “Dee” Swanston-Williams Story

As a nurse, Ms. Ethel “Dee” Swanston-Williams had cared for others for years. She worked hard to provide for her children and help with her grandchildren. Even in retirement, she continued to volunteer with a hospice program to bring comfort and care to others. However, as she aged and her own health began to decline, …
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Mr. Reed’s Story

Mr. Reed was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He shared about his childhood and the hardships he experienced as he grew. Mr. Reed describes himself as a traveling man. He said, “I’ve kind of been a gypsy all of my life.” Mr. Reed expressed that he has a love for all people and felt …
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Lidiya’s Story

Lidiya Kovarskaya was born into a Jewish family on June 9, 1936 in Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). At the outbreak of WWII in Russia in 1941, she attended kindergarten just outside of Moscow. As a child, she was exposed to the war occurring around her and was even forced to hide in …
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Lakiesha Deloatch Story

My name is Tyra Jefferson and I am a Supports Planner at Service Coordination. I would like to take a moment and reflect on an amazing person that I have the pleasure to serve through the Community First Choice (CFC) program. Her name is Lakiesha Deloatch and she lives in Baltimore City. Lakiesha has allowed …
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Charles’ Story

In 1968, Charles was a senior in high school. Like many young men at that time, he was drafted into the Army at the age of 18. He went to boot camp in Ft. Knox, Kentucky and in 1969, he was stationed to service in Vietnam. He flew to Vietnam with six fellow Army soldiers …
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Ifeoma Ezeofor’s Story

Ifeoma Ezeofor is a 19 year old young woman residing in Prince George’s County, Maryland and was diagnosed with autism and intellectual disability disorder at the age of 5. Ifeoma was not meeting the necessary milestones as a child, and struggled to communicate her wants and needs effectively. By the age of 14, Ifeoma had …
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Coordination of Community Services (CCS)

Abby is a 35-year-old who works at Wegman’s and received Supported Employment services from Abilities Network. In the future, Abby wants to be the manager of a coffee shop. Abby was living in a Richcroft residential site for over ten years. Utilizing the new Person-Centered Planning process which provides the framework for people in our …
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Christine Whittle’s Story

Christine Whittle is a 35-year-old woman living with her parents and sister in the Timonium area of Baltimore County. Christine is bright and kind to everyone she encounters. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and enjoys listening to audiobooks and music using her Alexa. As a child, Christine was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia; a …
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Susan Hensley’s Story

Susan Hensley is a 65 year old native of Washington, DC. Susan describes herself as easy-going person who loves people and is known by all who spend time with her, for her kindness and good sense of humor. Susan is a divorcée who raised four children and two God-children as a single mom. In addition …
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Cynthia Haddaway’s Transition—Community Options (CO) Waiver

Ms. Haddaway is 64 years young! She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Haddaway was a nursing assistant for over 10 years. She stated that she loved helping older people! Ms. Haddaway has one daughter and four grandchildren who she is very close with. Ms. Haddaway first went into the nursing home in …
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A Success Story – Elouise Miller

Elouise Miller is a 63-year-old, lifelong resident of Baltimore City. She is kind and personable. Elouise has a close relationship with her family. Elouise has three sons and one daughter who all live in Baltimore City. She is married and lives with her husband. Some of her hobbies include, cooking, making jewelry, and creating gift …
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Impact on the People we Support –

This year when a Black and Decker work site became NexDine, the contract with the DDA provider Kareem worked for ended. While Kareem was offered a position with the new company, he would not have any on site coaching from the provider. Kareem embarked on training and learned a totally new position with new duties …
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A Success Story – Jacqueline “Jackie” Shumac

Jacqueline “Jackie” Shumac is a fun and dynamic 58 year old Maryland resident currently being served by Service Coordination. Born in California, Jackie later settled for a time in Virginia before moving to the Baltimore area. She tells people that she has “lived everywhere” and enjoys sharing stories about her travels throughout the world. When …
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A Success Story – Cindy Willingham

Cynthia (Cindy) Willingham is 57-year-old resident of Mt. Vernon in Baltimore City. Cindy takes pride in growing up as a resident of Baltimore City and has spent her entire life there. Cindy’s has a close-knit family and they are very important to her. Her family members reside within a few miles of each other in …
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A Success Story – Lois Williams

Lois Williams was born in 1949 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She had a twin brother named Louis and the two shared a special bond as they grew up together in Cherry Hill. Lois is a lifelong resident of Maryland and raised four children in Randallstown in Baltimore County. In 1996, Lois moved …
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A Success Story – Frederick Sirody

Mr. Frederick Sirody is a resident of Harford County, Maryland who recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Frederick, known to his friends as Fred, attended the University of Maryland in 1978 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Fred held many employment positions throughout his working years and developed an extensive resume. For example, …
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A Success Story – James Taylor

James Taylor is a 62-year-old, lifelong Maryland resident who grew up in Reisterstown. James was born with a mild cognitive intellectual disability but was not formally diagnosed until 2012 at the age of 56. As a young child, James had a close relationship with his parents. His mother was his primary care taker, but he …
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A Success Story – Chester Thompson

Chester Thompson was born in the summer of 1936 in Washington, DC. He grew up in the DC area where, as a young man, he married, and they raised nine children together. He was a hard worker throughout his life. Chester was a devoted father and supported his family by maintaining a long-term career as …
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A Success Story – Julian Butler

Julian Butler is a 42-year-old father of five residing in Frederick County, Maryland. In May of 2017, Julian was working as a construction worker and leading an active life when he unexpectedly suffered a stroke, also known as a CVA. He had always been very physically active, but Julian’s life was drastically altered as he …
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