Josh was living with his father before coming to Evergreen. Josh’s dad didn’t have a car, so Josh spent most of his time inactive and stuck at home. When Josh’s dad’s health started to decline he decided that his son would be better off in an Evergreen community home.
When Josh first came to Evergreen he was shy and unsure of himself. Josh has mild intellectual and developmental disability and a history of schizophrenia. Psychiatric disorders are widespread (at 32 – 40 percent) among individuals with an intellectual disability. But Evergreen staff is experienced with individuals with a dual diagnosis like Josh and started working on boosting his confidence on day 1.
As his Evergreen caregivers got to know Josh more, they learned more about his childhood. His mother hadn’t lived with him for years, but she suffered from severe schizophrenia and was hospitalized many times. She would say terrible things to her young son, which resulted in a lot of Josh’s confidence issues as an adult.
Josh was encouraged to participate in art classes offered in Evergreen’s Day Program. The classes helped Josh turn his love for video games into a real skill by drawing different designs that he hopes to one day get paid for. He brings his sketchbook with him every day so he never misses a chance to sketch a new idea.