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New Lifestyle Works Well for Mary

Mary relaxing on her bed with ipod in hand.

When Mary moved to Enable’s Calvert Group Home last July, she was hopeful her life would change for the better. She now loves her home, her bedroom and her new friend and housemate Beth, whom she adored from the very first minute she met her.

Mary, a native to New Jersey, had lived the past ten years of her life on her own in a supervised apartment setting in Yardville. Living by herself was a great experience but she felt lonely. After talking about options with her sister, Barbara, Mary decided to move to a group home setting. They both believed it would be a good choice--and it was. Now Mary is able attend a work program during the day, get in shape at LA Fitness in the evenings, attend night school and even participate in a local church service on Sundays.

Over the past six months, family members have seen a change in Mary. They’ve noticed she is now more relaxed and outgoing. Barbara believes this related to the comfortable and safe home environment where Mary now lives. “This whole adjustment has been remarkable for her,” comments Barbara. “There haven’t been any problems. Things have just happened and fallen right into place.”

Over the past six months, family members have seen a change in Mary. They’ve noticed she is now more relaxed and outgoing. Barbara believes this related to the comfortable and safe home environment where Mary now lives. “This whole adjustment has been remarkable for her,” comments Barbara. “There haven’t been any problems. Things have just happened and fallen right into place.”

Mary enjoys a good time with family and friends. She loves Atlantic City, the beach and has traveled to Europe a few times. She and her housemates also like going to the movies spending time together watching television or playing on the Wii.

One of Mary’s favorite things to do is to listen to music. She can now do it more easily due an Ipod she received through Enable’s Holiday Gift Appeal last year. She and Barbara have been working on downloading music onto it so that Mary can use it at the gym or while relaxing in her room.

“I now have peace of mind knowing that Mary is happy and comfortable,” says Barbara. “I really like it here, too,” Mary adds. “I’ve made such good friends and love how my life has really changed for the better,” she says.