DSP Highlight: Meet Angelique Angelique got her start working with people with disabilities she moved to Texas to help her cousin care for his son with Autism. While living there, she found a job working in a residential program and soon transferred to their day program similar to Community Living’s Support Services for
Mom Inspires Second Generation of Direct Support Professionals Stephanie started working as a Direct Support Professional at Community Living in 2007. She was quickly promoted to a medical staff role, then a house manager in the residential program. Throughout her early years as a residential manager, she was also raising her kids as
Meet Minh: Community Living's Direct Support Professional of the Year After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in social work, Minh set out to find a job working hands-on with people. She had done her internship working with seniors in a residential program but wanted to try something new. She started working in a
Bertha's Birthday Bertha celebrated her birthday surrounded by her community! The staff at her house worked with the staff at the Lonning Center to plan a party. They brought cupcakes and ice cream to share with all of her friends at the Center. They also brought gifts for everyone! The Lonning Center’s two
Finding the Right Fit & Increasing Your Impact: Krista's Story Krista started her journey at Community Living as a Direct Support Professional in the SOAR program. She said “Teen Club was a lot of fun,” but after working in the after-school program for a few months, she was ready to apply her degree in Social
A Place for Purpose Chris was less than a year old when he was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome. His mom, Sue, was a lifelong educator. “I knew what we were facing,” she said. When she sat down at his first IEP meeting, she remembers being asked what she envisioned for Chris’ future.
Kathleen's Corner Kathleen is retired, but she isn’t slowing down. “I didn’t want to retire. I wanted to keep on going,” she said. She runs Kathleen’s Corner, a snack shop housed in the break room at Community Living’s Family Center. Once a week, usually on Tuesdays, Kathleen stops by the Family Center and
Nick & Ashley: Love at First Sight Nick and Ashley said it was love at first sight when they met each other in St. Louis a few years ago. They started dating right away. When their families moved to St. Charles, they wanted to stay together. Nick had previously attended the Henry Clever