Syreeta and Jean are house managers at 2 Sawtelle Homes. They share with us the accomplishments the young adults in these homes are experiencing for the first time in their lives
When Ariel was 21 he was accepted into the new Sawtelle Home in West Orange. His poor impulse control and inability to speak manifested itself in aggressive behavior that required one-to-one support at all times. Three years later - with a lot of patience, kindness and support from our BCBA Team, Ariel can now attend a day program, enjoy visits to his favorite restaurant, Burger King, with his family, go swimmining with his roommates and even volunteer at a local community food bank.
The yuoung women at our Sawtelle Home simply want to feel - in their own words- “normal.” Before finding a permanent home at YCS, the young women experienced years at psych institutions. At their new home their one simple wish is being fulfilled. They decorated their home for Christmas, baked holiday cakes and cookies, and took shopping trips to the mall. All the young women have library cards, are registered to vote and volunteer in their community.
When one resident came into the home she suffered from bouts of self-Injurious behaviors. Today she revels in being big sister to her roommates and is very protective of a new younger resident.
Thank you for giving these young adults a chance to not only reach their potential but exceed it. With your continued support we will strive to make their dreams come true.