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momentsIvehadworkingwiththeIndividualsat103-109ClintonAvenueitshardtopickjustone.AlloftheIndividualshavetouchedmyheartandmylifedeeply.Itsbeenatwo-wayroadwhereIvelearnedsomuchfromthemandthemlearningfromme.OneofthebestmemoriesformeinvolvesaspecialIndividualnamedRobertoSequinot.Iveworkedwithhimsince1999andhesalwaysheldaspecialplaceinmyheart.Unfortunatelyhehadanaccidentafewyearsago.OnedayIpromisedIwouldgethimupandwalkingagain.Iwouldnotlethimfall.Irealizedhestillhadstrengthbutthefallscaredhim.AftertalkingwiththeOTandPTwhoworkwithRobertoIstartedkeepingmypromise.IknewIcouldhelpimpacthistherapybecauseofourspecialbond.OfcourseImadesureIworkedwithintheguidelinesofhisregimen.NotsurprisingtomeIstartedtoseeRobertogrowstrongereveryday.Weallworkedtogethertogethimbacktowherehewasbeforetheaccident.Robertonowwalkswithassistanceandmanyofhisothermotorfunctionsarealsoreturning.Wehavemoreworktodobutthatsokay.MyheartmeltseachtimeIwatchhimdosomethingforhimself.HesaysIdiditEyahisspecialwayofsayingmyname.IsimplyrespondIknewyoucoulddoit.Youdontneedme.MarciaMcIntoshResidenceSupervisorResidentialNurseCarltonAvenueSeeingasmileonourIndividualsfacesisveryimportanttome.Mypurposeistomakesuretheyarewellcaredforandtreatedwithrespectanddignity.AllofusatCarltonAvenuegreatlycareaboutourIndividuals.ThesameistrueatYorkStreet.OurExecutiveDirectormakessureILAresidentsreceivethebestcarepossible.ThatswhatskeptmeattheAgencyfornearly20years.SomeofmycolleaguesatCarltonAvenuehavebeenhere23-24years.YvetteBrutonhasbeenhere27years.TogetherweallmakesureIndividualsremainasindependentaspossibleandenjoyactivitiesthatanyaveragepersonenjoysfromtripstotheConeyIslandAquariumtomuseumexcursionstoCircleLinecruises.Whenitcomestohealthweadvocateforourresidentsandhelpthemthroughscarychallengingtimes.WhenoneofourIndividualshadcoloncancerin2006Iwenttheextramiletomakesurethatthesurgerywentwellandthatherecoveredpeacefully.HesnowsevenyearsinremissionthankstothegreatcareofILAstaffandthedoctorwhotreatedhim.MargaretYancyDCCJewettAvenueIalwaysmakesureourIndividualsarecomfortable.Iencouragethemtogetinvolvedindifferentactivitieswhetheritsplayingboardgamesorgoingforawalk.SomeIndividualswalkfasterthanIdoWhenIworkedasaDCCatLamokaAvenueoneoftheIndividualsBrianwasreallyaffectionate.AfterIreturnedtoworkfollowingatwo-weekillnessheimmediatelygavemeahugbecausehewassogladtoseeme.EventhoughInolongerworkatLamokahestillremembersme.ComingfromAfricawherethereisnogovernmentalresidentialassistanceforthedevelopmentallydisabledIthinkitsgreattoseeourAgencyenhancingthelivesofourIndividualsandbeingapartofthat.IcherishmyjobatILA.MichaelWilliamsResidenceSupervisorGarnetStreetOneofourresidentsDonnaisquitefragileat90pounds.Shehasosteoporosisandisnon-ambulatorysotheOTandPTworkwithherthreedaysaweek.WhatIsawtheotherdaywassoinspiringandamazing.AfteraverbalpromptfromtheOTPTDonnawasabletostandupfromherchairwithoutanyassistance.ThatwasthersttimeshewasabletodothatintheveyearsIvebeenhere.Shenowstandsandipsthroughmagazinesonherown.ItsreallyawesomeseeingDonnastandupindependently.Ifshecandothatmaybeshellbewalkingoneday.CarmelaCiceroDonnasmotherAswithanyMomitshardtoletyourchildgobutIwasfoolingmyselfintothinkingIcouldcareforDonnaaloneanymore.IamextremelygratefultoeveryoneatILA.StaffarebyDonnasside24hoursadayatdaytreatmentmeetingsorifsheneedstogotothehospital.AtILAsheisalwayskeptcleanandneatlydressed.ShedressesbetternowthanshedidwhenshewashomeStaffalsotakeherforhaircutstheygoonvacations.Theresidenceisalwaysaestheticallypleasing.Theresfreshpaintonthewallsandnewcurtainsonthewindows.Everythingisclean.OnedayIwitnessedIndividualscomingoffthebusandsawstaffgreetingthemwithlaughterandsmiles.IsaidThisisanicehome.ThisisDonnashome.IrisQuirindangoCDCCLamokaAvenuewithLawrenceMyersRuthMohammedDCCOceanAvenueMargaretYancyDCCJewettAvenue13