Finding that Home of Your Own.

Sending out a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Sean, a former TIFS participant, who has recently moved into his own apartment with his brother and a friend.

This is Sean’s first move away from his parents’ home and while initially he had planned to find an apartment in the community surrounding his family’s home, an opportunity opened up that put him in another location completely.  When asked about this significant change, Sean stated that he was willing to try it and see how it goes.  He noted one important feature which was a major consideration…being close to various bus routes which is his main transportation for groceries,  and his volunteer job.

During his time in TIFS, Sean showed his ability to ask questions, be responsible for what needs to get done, preserver (especially while waiting for a bus in the winter), and take chances…all qualities which will assist in furthering his drive to become more confident and independent.  Add to this his fantastic natural supports through family and friends, and he has a future filled with unlimited possibilities.

Again…congratulations Sean… you have worked hard to achieve this stage, may the rest be as fantastic a journey as this one!

All the best from TIFS.

~Tami Schaafsma

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The Right To BE…

Most often with the work I do, connections with people are only for a short time, and then they move on with their journey.  Where possible, I like to later touch base and check in to see how they are and what they are doing; these moments to me, are similar to having a sequel to a favorite movie be released, or an additional chapter added into a favorite book…and often, these moments just need to be shared.

I would like to tell you about Justin and his mom Susan. Continue reading