Profiles of Real People: A Son’s Story about the Road to Success

Jenny Aguirre, mother of Christopher Aguirre-Castillo, speaks on behalf of her son who is non-verbal. Christopher, now age fifteen, was born with chromosomal disorders which include developmental, physical, and intellectual disabilities, along with seizures and other difficulties. Jenny immigrated to Bridgeport, CT from Ecuador before Christopher was born. Like many challenges immigrants face when becoming… Continue reading Profiles of Real People: A Son’s Story about the Road to Success

Profiles of Real People: Adjusting to a “New Normal”

Betty describes herself as an active, “never been a sitting around” type of person. After graduating from Western Connecticut State University, having a career in human resources, creating a home for her family and enjoying her hobbies, life took a downward turn. Complications from diabetes led to a stroke and a single leg amputation 8… Continue reading Profiles of Real People: Adjusting to a “New Normal”

Profiles of Real People: Never Stop Seeing the Positive

The first thing you notice when entering Andrew’s home environment is the hardy welcome you receive from Lola and Laila, teacup Pomeranian sisters, and Brody “Bear,” a Bernese Mountain dog. There is also a very quiet, but very old (100 years) turtle. Three major motorcycle accidents in the last 16 years may have altered Andrew’s… Continue reading Profiles of Real People: Never Stop Seeing the Positive

Profiles of Real People: Taking It One Step at a Time

Pamela lived in long-term care facilities for nearly ten years, according to her conservator. He first met Pamela when she needed to be hospitalized to treat delusions and other challenging behaviors while she was living alone in the community. Although he had his doubts whether she would be able to live in the community again… Continue reading Profiles of Real People: Taking It One Step at a Time

Profiles of Real People: Healing Gifts in Home

Susan, former Emergency Room nurse, found herself on the other side of the healthcare system after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She became so sick from the chemotherapy that at one point she needed 24/7 care and was admitted to a skilled nursing facility. For eleven months she spent up to 3 hours a day working with the physical therapists in the rehabilitation gym determined to get stronger. As she started gaining back her strength, a housing coordinator from Money Follows the Person (MFP) introduced her to how this program could help her transition back to her town with supports.

Profiles of Real People: A Place to Live with Gratitude

Nancy is what many would refer to as a warrior. In the years prior to her admission to a skilled nursing facility, she endured a divorce from an abusive husband. As a result, Nancy was left with a lack of finances and post-traumatic stress disorder. After many months of hard work and recovery, the facility social worker introduced Nancy to the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. MFP then gave her the opportunity to expand her success into the community.