When Julie Turley was 23 years old, she walked into Manor Thrift to pick out some curtains for her new apartment down the street. At the counter, she noticed a newsletter for a place called Immacolata Manor detailing their work with women who had intellectual and developmental disabilities. Julie had some experience in the disability field and decided to apply for a job. 37 years later, she doesn’t still have those curtains or that newsletter, but she does still have the job.
As if 2020 hasn’t come with enough stress, pain, and uncertainty, imagine being awakened in the middle of the night by billowing smoke and uprooted from your home for months during a global pandemic. Denice Bartley, who provides supports and health services for individuals with disabilities at Life Unlimited, knows this feeling all too well. Her townhouse was damaged in July when a large fire broke out in the adjoining home.
With a warm spirit and smile that lights up a room, Kim Boden is the type of employee and caregiver everyone wants to work with. She is a direct support professional (DSP) at Life Unlimited, and in exciting news, she was just named the 2020 Missouri DSP of the Year by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), a national leader in disability service organizations.
Randy Todd is busy advocating for the rights and quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. He says, “We want to communicate and spread the word!”