Citizen Advocacy Relationship Stories
- Kayla who is now in her 20’s, was once a ward of the State and was completely isolated and alone. Mike and Linda were recruited to become the family she never had and so desired. Last Thanksgiving, Kayla spent the holiday with Mike and Linda’s family. They chronicled the occasion by taking photos and creating an album for Kayla to have of her very own. In addition to developing a close family connection with Kayla, Mike and Linda work hard to make sure that her rights and interests are represented.
- Mike and Ted were introduced by the Citizen Advocacy office 20 years ago. They see one another nearly every Friday for an action movie and KFC. Ted particularly enjoys James Bond movies, mostly because he thinks Mike is married to a ‘Bond girl’ due to the fact that she is pretty and has a British accent. Mike involves Ted with his friends and comments that Ted’s social life is more active than his. When asked about Ted’s future, Mike smiles. He and his wife have already committed to move Ted in with them when he can no longer live on his own. Mike said, “If we have to add on a room just for Ted, we’ll do it. He’s family.”
- Nancy is in her 60’s and is a very private person. Her heart’s desire was to move from a rundown room and board living situation to her own home. The Citizen Advocacy office introduced Jean to Nancy and they spent the first part of their time together looking at apartments and places for Nancy to live. When they found the perfect fit, Jean contacted friends and family who donated furniture and items necessary for a person to begin life anew. Nancy is thrilled to be living in her own place.
- Ron and Jeremy have been matched for 10 years. Jeremy became a ward of the state when he was only 4-years-old. By the time Ron came into his life, Jeremy had been bounced from foster home to foster so many times he had lost count. Ron and his wife, Becky, have four children. When figuring out how to begin a relationship with a teenager only a few years younger than his youngest son, Ron decided to start with family. Ron included Jeremy in all family events beginning with Ron’s mother’s 80th birthday party. Little by little, Ron gained Jeremy’s trust and showed him what a family can look like. Ron has since become Jeremy’s Guardian. He knows that because of Jeremy’s disability, he will always have struggles when it comes to dealing with life. However, Ron is committed to always being present for whatever Jeremy’s life brings, because that’s what family is all about.