Marc Community Resources helps individuals with special needs reach full potential - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Marc Community Resources helps individuals with special needs reach full potential

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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 10:15 am

Due to severe personal limitations, John, age 31, has never been able to live on his own. He was living in a rental home with his parents and brother when his father was diagnosed with cancer. That left his mother as the sole caregiver for John, his father and brother.

The family was unexpectedly required to relocate and moved into a small Mesa apartment. Marc Community Resources, Inc.’s Community Day Services program staff worked closely with the family, helping them navigate the state system so that John could secure assistance to move into a group home.

The family toured Marc’s group homes and chose a placement that was near his family. John now has his own bedroom and many personal belongings. Staff members have helped him decorate his personal space.

He enjoys planning and participating in activities that he was previously unable to as a result of his family’s personal difficulties. John is now able to spend quality time visiting with his family and looks forward to returning to “his” home at the end of the day.

The services provided by Marc have allowed John to feel a sense of pride as he learns job skills, makes new friends and enjoys a measure of independence. Instead of simply living from day to day, John now has a clear goal: to graduate from Marc’s vocational training program and find a job soon.

Marc Community Resources Inc. (marccr.com) is one of 23 assistance agencies that receive funding from Mesa United Way’s Community Chest. To learn more, including how you can help, go to www.mesaunitedway.org.

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