Meet Kener Bond, our newest resident at Howitt House. Born at a time when a diagnosis of mild intellectual disability (an impairment of cognitive skills, adaptive life skills, and social skills) was not well known, Kener’s parents did the best they could to support him socially and emotionally. Still, Kener always wanted more. Like many parents, his mother and father struggled with the idea that he could make it on his own.
After living at home all of his life, Kener, now 54 years old, successfully transitioned to one of our supervised apartments, with the support of his sister, Wendy, his Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC), and EPI staff. He is a friendly man with a good sense of humor who is very well-liked by his peers and is enjoying his independence. With minimal support from staff, Kener is able to cook his own meals and is often found watching the cooking shows for new ideas. He enjoys going out to eat, shopping, and picking up new reading materials. However, looking at Harley Davidson items is what peaks his interest the most.
Wendy, Kener’s sister and guardian, praised the staff for working hard to help him achieve the goals he has set for himself, like managing his money and fitness. “It has been a tremendous gift knowing that my brother who has always wanted to live alone is able to achieve that with the support of his staff. He has blossomed since living at Howitt House like a plant who has been moved to receive more sunlight,” she says.
If you ask Kener what his favorite part of the move is, you will get a response that many newly independent people say: “I love that it is a supervisor-free zone.” He chuckles when he speaks about his roommate at Howitt House, “I love my roommate – that guy cracks me up.” Wendy observed, “Their bond is amazing; they even finish each other’s sentences.”
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us, and I want to take a moment to thank you for your steadfast commitment to our agency. Whether you are a donor, advocate, volunteer, or walker, your commitment and generosity has helped us serve more than 6,000 people in living the life of their choosing.
As you plan your end-of-year giving, I hope that you would once again choose EPI. 2017 was a great year at EPI with tremendous growth in self-directed services and our journey towards accreditation from the Commission on Quality and Leadership (CQL). EPI has strengthened its commitment to providing person centered services in all facets of our agency through a rigorous and transformative process.
The impact you made this year will be needed in the year to come and I look forward to working with you to make 2018 even better for people like Kener Bond. Moving to a new home can be stressful but with the help of his staff, Kener has successfully transitioned from his family home to a supervised apartment with EPI. Thank you in advance for helping us reach our $30,000 goal by January 31st.
We could not do what we do without your support.