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The Good Stuff!

Veterans Services Stories

In honor of Military Appreciation Month we would like to share a few of our Veteran Service success stories: Meet Zachariah (Zach) Bray Zach enlisted and served in the U.S. Army from 2003-2009 and was deployed to Iraq. He took an oath to serve his country and keep freedom in the world. Other training included …
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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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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the closure of the Rosewood Center

On Friday, May 22, 2009, the last resident of Rosewood left the institution for the very last time. Today, former residents and others with developmental disabilities are our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends. They are leading meaningful lives in the community. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=hy8_BfvgGNU&feature=youtu.be Roslyn Johnson’s Own Home: Submitted by Muna Elia-Abass Roslyn’s family was filled …
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Night to Shine

Each year, the Tim Tebow Foundation “Night to Shine” formal is held worldwide. We would like to recognize Beth and Greg Miller and family for volunteering again this year at the Harford County event on 2/8/2019! Beth and Greg Miller are service coordinators in the Harford area.

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Impact Story – Neil Speert

Since July 2018, the Coordination of Community Services (CCS), Misha Sanders, has had the pleasure of working with Neil Speert. A kind gentleman, who loves his Ravens, Orioles, spending time with his personal supports staff, and eating out at Burger King at least once a week. When they met, Neil lived in a very unhealthy …
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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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Congratulations to Leslie Holinsky

Congratulations to Leslie Holinsky who retired from SCI on February 27 with ~28 years of service. She started at SCI on April 4, 1991. Above is a photo of Latoya Kesson presenting her with a plaque for her years of service and dedication. Thank you Leslie for making a BIG difference in the individuals we …
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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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Impact on the People we Support – Peter’s Story

Peter was a transitioning youth many years ago. He began DDA funded services upon his graduation from the Carroll County Public School System but did not have a good experience and withdrew from those services. He spent many years at home with just his family providing support. Peter was content with his life; he expressed …
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Impact on the People we Support – Eddie’s Cafe

Eddie is a 34 year old male living in Pasadena, MD. He has lived with Autism, Anxiety, Intellectual Disabilities and Obsessive Compulsive behaviors his entire life. Eddie has been receiving support services from Providence Center Inc. for the past 13 years and the past three years that he has been in Community Learning Service have …
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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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Impact on the People we Support – Joshua

Joshua is a 20-year-old young man who has autism and bipolar disorder. Josh had been living with his father in Hagerstown from the time Josh’s mother passed away when Josh was three years old. When Josh was around 15, his behaviors became more challenging, resulting in disruptions to his school attendance. He soon stopped attending …
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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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Impact – Abby’s Story

Abby is a 35-year-old female that has a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. Abby receives Supported Employment services from Abilities Network and works at Wegman’s. 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. During the preparation process for Abby’s …
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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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Impact Story – Habitat welcomes Friends into new home

From Staff Reports @ The Garrett County Republican DEER PARK – Garrett County Habitat for Humanity held the home dedication cere­mony for the Jacob and Kelly Friend June 29 at their Hope Land Village development near Deer Park. The Friends were welcomed into their new home at 142 Frank Custer Drive by a group of …
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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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