Jody Narraway has a lot to smile about this holiday season; she just spent her first Christmas in her very own apartment. It has been a goal of Jody’s to move out of her parents’ home, and she accomplished that goal last month, renting an apartment in Springville near her family.
Jody explained that her biggest supports in this process have been her family, and Diane Wood, her community habilitation staff at sasi.
“Diane helped me find the apartment and fill out all of the paperwork,” Jody said. “She helped me be patient. There are days I wanted to give up, but I didn’t. I kept going.”
Jody, 33, has been receiving services from sasi since 2005 when she enrolled in the SEMP program. She started community habilitation in 2017 and ISS this year.
“From the time I started working with Jody in our program, it has been her desire to be independent and live on her own,” Diane said.
Diane also assisted Jody with completing her ISS transition stipend through sasi, which provided Jody with startup funds to purchase furniture and household items for her new home.
With Diane’s help, Jody has unpacked all of her boxes and settled into her new place. She even received a couple housewarming presents.
“My new neighbors gave me purple garland and ornaments for my first Christmas tree,” Jody said.
Jody, 33, works as a housekeeper at Absolute Care of East Aurora. She has an 8-year-old daughter, Olivia, who lives with Jody’s parents.