1.    Bob called LifePath Systems after being sent to a local, long term stay motel by another agency from another county. Bob has a long history of being evicted from every living situation he has ever been in plus being isolated because of some of his behaviors.  He has been known to make up to 50-60 calls a day to his Service Coordinator.  After several years of support from LPS he was enrolled in the Home and Community Services program. Bob has been in the same apartment for several months, drives his own truck, participates in a bowling league and attends the church of his choice.  Bob continues to need support from his HCS staff but is working hard to achieve the life he has envisioned for himself.

2.    Matt, has a dual diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disability and bipolar disorder. When Matt first sought supported employment services he was struggling with his bi-polar symptoms (disorganized, scattered thoughts, extreme cycling). He hadn’t worked in years and had a very spotty work history. Matt was in job-development for 13 months and there were serious doubts if Matt could work. During this time, STARR staff took a class through Virginia Commonwealth that made the claim that employment has been proven to be as therapeutic for a person with behavioral health issues as medication. This seemed like an extreme statement, but experiences with Matt have proven otherwise. When a job possibility was located, Matt was very tentative during his interview, but Walgreens took a chance on him. Matt has become a reliable, valued employee and just celebrated his two year anniversary at the store. He takes great pride in his job and is always available to work extra hours when asked. He has progressed to the point that Matt is spending time helping a new employee learn the ropes.

3.    Joe receives respite services from LifePath Systems, this provides relief for his mother who is single and his primary caregiver. Joe a young adult and has a respite provider that who is in his 20’s so it feels more like a peer relationship.  The respite provider comes to Joe’s home and they play basketball and video games.  This interaction is invaluable for Joe because he has limited interaction with people his own age except when he attends a day habilitation program.  Joe had benefited from the program a great deal, he has meaningful way to spend his day plus being able to interact with others. This has also been a huge help to his Mom, since it allows her to work.

4.    Jackie started attending Self-Development Courses through LifePath Systems. In the beginning she was very quiet and did not express preferences or make conversation during cooking or money management classes, but by the end of the first 8 weeks, she was actively participating in class by telling what foods she enjoyed cooking and where she liked to shop.  During the cooking course she learned how to price compare, and use the self checkout lanes. She also learned how to use a knife for chopping, the stove and oven to cook food items as well as follow kitchen safety rules. Her mother reported Jackie was making progress in both classes and requested she return for the next 8 weeks of training to continue developing her skills. Jackie became more independent in making purchases and cooking food items. The most dramatic change was in her social skills: she went from not speaking to others to joining in group discussions and expressing her own opinions and choices.

5.    Martha is an adult woman who lives with her sister.  Martha needs assistance being lifted for bathing and also to get in and out of bed.  When Martha’s HCS service coordinator visited the family at their home and the sister demonstrated how she lifted Martha on her own without any assistance. She talked with Martha’s sister about trying to obtain a lift through HCS adaptive aids funding.  The sister was not aware that this service was available so, the service coordinator contacted the HCS provider and now everyone is working together to obtain a lift which will make things easier, more comfortable and safer for both Julia and her sister.

6.    Paul is in his mid-50’s who lives in a LifePath Systems operated group home.  He came to live in the group home after his parents passed away and he had spent several years bouncing from relative to relative. The lack of stability and the death of another significant person in his life had led to the development of emotional issues and aggressive behavior that caused his extended family to no longer be able to care for him.  He had hoped for the group home to be a short-term arrangement but development of medical issues will now require that he always have a supervised living arrangement. Paul has made the best of the situation and has blossomed in a variety of ways.  Having been asked to leave school in elementary school he had not had much formal education.  The active treatment at the group home has helped him improve his academic skills and he is now able to multiply numbers and read at a fourth grade level. He is very involved in his church, participates in Special Olympics and Plano Parks and Recreation activities.  He was able to take a vacation this year and go fishing, his favorite activity.  He has become a leader within the home, always volunteering to help and serving as a mentor to his housemates. Having a stable living situation and access to a variety of activities has set the stage for him to achieve his full potential.