At the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many Skills & School Programs meant for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) began to close their doors. These closures affected many families, especially families with working parents like Chrissy's mom.
Darlene, being a mother of 2 Adults and 1 Child with IDD needed a way that she could both work and help her children grow full-time. Being a Family Caregiver and Direct Support Professional (DSP) for her daughter, Chrissy, Darlene was able to focus all of her time on helping her child reach goals and accomplishments she may have thought were not achievable.
Today, Darlene spends her days integrating Chrissy into the community and working on pedestrian safety skills that will help her strive in the future. Darlene says "it was a godsend being able to both care for her children while also being employed".