Life Changing Accident 
At 12 years of age (1955), I contracted polio and have since been quadriplegic.

 

About Me 
I lived at home with my parents and 3 younger sisters until I was 30. Columbus has been my home ever since I came from Youngstown to attend OSU; 6 years later I graduated with a Masters in Social Work. For the next 17 years, I worked as the first and only social worker at the Columbus Legal Aid Society, designing my own program, and stayed with Legal Aid until I retired in 2001.

In February of 2008, I began a new job with MOBILE, the independent living center in central Ohio. Through a quite successful program called Home Choice, 25-30 people were transitioned from nursing homes to the community during my 2 1/2 years working with MOBILE, and most continue to live on their own today. I enjoyed that job, and yet for various reasons, I decided it was time to actually “retire” in August of 2011

However, I found that retirement was still not for me, after all: I got bored.

But, the wonder of wonders: a close friend had just opened a healthcare provider agency (Ohio-At-Home Healthcare Agency) and asked me to help. The consumers he has chosen to serve are primarily those with developmental disabilities and autism, conditions that I am also concerned about. For the last year, I have been working voluntarily with Ohio-At-Home, and I find it more exciting than anything I’ve done to this time!

 

Message to Our Supporters
Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you who have been, and are, the power that keeps this blessing going for me and for all who continue to attend classes, graduate, collect their employment paychecks, volunteer, pay taxes, and simply enjoy their lives doing things that are meaningful to them.

You can have no idea how much this means to so many who never could have had these seemingly “normal” things had it not been for you. Thank you.

Meet Patti

 

What CL Means to Me
Creative Living has been a big part of my life, almost from the day I came to Columbus. Without that sheltering cushion, I have no idea where I would be today, but I am grateful that it was there. I have lived a very rich and fulfilling life, largely because of Creative Living. The safety it has provided me is there when I need it to help give me the stability necessary upon which to build very real and viable goals; to provide the backdrop against which those goals have been, and are being, reached daily.

God has blessed my life in so many ways… He’s given me a wonderful family, friends that are beyond belief, children in my life that give me special reasons to keep living (to watch them grow and to be here for them), caregivers that not only give me safety and protection, but often become great friends, as well as a good education, and challenging jobs. Among these blessings, Creative Living is toward the very top of the list.