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A New View of Life

Joel is enjoying life with a view these days, something that seemed like a distant dream only months ago. This young 20-something had been living at Hospital for Special Care with a debilitating, degenerative disease. Despite his complex health needs, including being dependent on a tracheostomy and ventilator, he had always hoped to return home.


His mom, a survivor of domestic violence, struggled to pay her bills and was staying with friends or in motels. With no landlord reference, it made it difficult to find a permanent home. However, with help from Money Follows the Person – a state-sponsored program that helps people with disabilities transition from hospitals and long-term care facilities back into the community – along with the CT Coalition for Domestic Violence and Joel’s CCC care team, his dream became a reality.


Care Manager Kathleen heard about a new apartment building that was accepting applications for income-based units and worked closely and quickly with her CCC colleagues, Housing Coordinator Melissa and Transition Coordinator Michelle to make the move happen.


These days, Joel isn’t just enjoying a view of the woods, he’s hitting the trails in his power wheelchair. He loves his home and is forever grateful. “We’re so happy for him,” says Kathleen. “He just loves it!”


Submitted by Kathleen,
Specialized Care Manager


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