The mission of Community Interactions, Inc. (CI) is to provide quality services for people with intellectual, physical and behavioral health challenges to create lifestyles consistent with their communities respecting individual choice, self determination and culture.
Bonnie Brown, who first came to CI in 1984, and now resides in CI’s PDS (Person Driven Supports) program, is a perfect example of a CI success story. A 45 year old single mother of a 12 year old academically gifted daughter, Bonnie, and her daughter, Myra, were featured in the October 5th issue of PEOPLE magazine and have been fortunate enough to have been on the news and in local newspapers after the article appeared. Bonnie and Myra’s story gives hope to people with disabilities living independently.
Bonnie has been successful in her life choices because of Community Interactions’ staff from whom she receives 20 hours of services per week. There are several very dedicated individuals who make sure that Bonnie pays her bills, makes her doctor’s appointments, cleans her apartments, shops for groceries, and cooks for herself and her daughter. Though Myra is not in the system and receives no services through CI, she and Bonnie are a package deal and they are both a part of the Community Interactions family.
In the past, during times of financial instability, CI has stepped in to ensure that Bonnie’s bills got paid, thus ensuring the safety of her and her daughter. Though Bonnie has worked at Wendy’s for the past 16 years, her hours have been cut back due to the economic downturn. Additionally, she has also not received child support for more than two years which keeps her income in a constant state of flux, making it quite difficult to budget.
Luckily, an “angel” appeared on the horizon in December 2006, just in time for the holidays. With the help of this person, a few individuals at CI had the happiest holidays of their lives. We need more angels here at CI; would you please be an “angel” and help us as we continue to go over and above to create the best lives possible for the individuals we serve.