Amanda moved into her own beautiful, two-bedroom apartment in a vibrant community with a roommate similar in age who shares her love of being out and about, going to restaurants, amusement parks, and karaoke nights. Her mother would be the first to admit that she doubted her daughter could live on her own. ‘I always thought it may be possible for people with less complex needs, but not someone like my daughter.’
Yet Amanda and her first roommate, Ann Marie, cooked, watched movies and scrapbooked together. ‘We have become best friends,’ says Ann Marie. ‘We go swimming and play in the game room. I love living with Amanda. And, I think she loves living with me’.
The supports provided to Amanda to live the life she and her family have always dreamed of come from SEEC’s Community Living (CL) department. Community Living provides supported living for 50 men and women, up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week supports if needed. Most people supported in the SEEC CL department live with a roommate in an apartment or townhouse in Montgomery County. SEEC staff work with each person to ensure their home represents how they want to live. Supports range from drop-in assistance with grocery shopping and bill paying to 24-hour support for those with more significant needs.