Prior to moving to Cedar Lake, Felicia lived with her grandmother. As her health declined, her grandmother moved into a nursing home, and with no other place to go, Felicia went with her. The way she describes it is “my granny took care of me, and then I took care of her.” When her grandmother passed away four years ago, her family had to find a place for Felicia to live that would support her unique needs. That’s when they found the residential program at Cedar Lake.

Felicia has thrived at Cedar Lake. When she initially moved into the program, she lived in a 24-hour staffed residence. From there she moved to a location that offers on-site staff support, but only during scheduled hours. With a lot of hard work and dedication, Felicia recently celebrated her most significant accomplishment yet, she moved into her own Cedar Lake apartment. Although she still has the support of a dedicated Direct Support Professional, the Community Access team and the Supported Employment team, Felicia lives independently.

Aside from managing her own apartment, Felicia has two jobs, volunteers for several nonprofit organizations, and swims for Special Olympics. She likes to read and enjoys taking classes at the library. When she takes a break from her busy schedule, her favorite place to vacation is Alabama, where she visits family. Felicia loves her independence and she likes staying busy.

Help Felicia, and the other individuals who call Cedar Lake home, continue to live lives full of abundant possibilities. Support Independence today!