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The Good Stuff!

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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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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