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The Good Stuff!

A Note from One of Our Service Coordinators

Recently I had been asked to provide coverage for an individual, during a visit and discussion with her I have learned that she is an artist and that being in Self-Directed services has allowed her to pursue and achieve this. I was invited to her art show yesterday and below are some pictures of some …
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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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Emily’s Story

Emily is a 22 year old woman who moved to Maryland towards the end of high school. After struggling with the transition to a new school and new state, Emily found Self Directed Services. The road to Self-Directed Services was a long and struggling one at times but for Emily the Self Directed model fit …
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Recognizing Marlene Hendler

Service Coordination, Inc. recognized Marlene Hendler at the MACS Volunteer Recognition event for her tremendous volunteer work. Marlene has served on the SCI Board of Directors for the past 5 years and is part of the Steering Committee, which reviews policies to ensure they meet guidelines and they are complaint. Marlene also receives services from …
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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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Looking for Stories to Highlight

There is power in sharing stories; this is especially true when talking about the many facets of the Employment First transformation. The DDA would like to highlight stories related to employment outcomes, community participation and exploration, relationship building or stories  about your organization’s transformation efforts. If you have a story to share, please send information …
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Crystal’s Story

When her Service Coordinator from Harford County began working with Crystal, she did not have staff and spent most of her time at home.  Crystal lives in a very rural area, where she had limited access to supports and had difficulty finding signing staff. Once Crystal was able to connect with staff that could sign …
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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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My Home Needed Costly Repairs

I have lived in my home for over 40 years. I have been unable, financially, to make any improvements to my home in the last 10 years. My home needed costly repairs. I had a hole in my garage ceiling, and a hole in my roof, which was allowing birds to get into my living …
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Team Member SCoop

We would like to give a shout out to Southern Region Supervisor Mary Ellen Stephens who has been a volunteer with Special Olympics Maryland for 25 years! Beginning in high school in Charles County and continuing through college and beyond, Mary Ellen has had many roles including coaching soccer, bowling and basketball. Over the past …
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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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The Hero from Liberia

In fear of their lives, during a Coup in Liberia, Thomas Gaye’s parents brought him and his 10 siblings across the Atlantic Ocean, to the USA, to settle in Minnesota. Assimilating into the American culture, Thomas earned a high school diploma and decided to join the Navy in July of 1999. Stationed in Norfolk, Virginia …
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Leon Billups’ Story

In 2018, when Leon Billups was 20 years old, he was faced with moving out of the non-wheelchair accessible home where he was living with his caregivers. The relationship between the two was strained and Leon wanted to live elsewhere. Adult Protective Services and Disability Rights Maryland became involved, and Leon’s school was doing everything …
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Laura Ferrari (Speaker at the Transition Fair located at Frederick Community College)

Laura Ferrari was one of the opening speakers at the Frederick Community College Transition Fair and shared her story through her eyes. Laura spoke with confidence and explained how she came to her life now of living with both her brother, Tony, and sister-in-law, Alexia. She loves to dance and believes everyone needs to get …
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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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Recap of the 2019 MACS Awards

Team Members of SCI attended the MACS Annual Awards along with SCI nominee Melvin “Mel” Riebe, Jr. for his achievement of bringing awareness of epilepsy to the public. Melvin “Mel” Riebe, Jr. enjoys helping others and is particularly passionate about sharing his knowledge of epilepsy. Believing in the need for epilepsy awareness, he decided to …
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Meet Steven Q Parks
(your circumstances don’t define you)

Steven Parks served in the U.S. Army from January 2012 to June 2017. Steve suffered several injuries while serving his country. Steven arrived to Frederick in late 2017. He was invited to stay with a friend until he could gain stability. Steve found himself homeless with no means of support in Frederick in March 2018, …
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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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