Evergreen has proudly served Ronnie since 1993. Before coming to Evergreen, Ronnie lived at a nursing home. As a relatively young man at the time, a nursing home was not an ideal fit. Sadly, many young individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are placed in nursing homes or other institutional settings when their families no longer can or want to care for them.
Residents of nursing homes with intellectual or developmental disabilities oftentimes have no privacy or personal space, must live with people they have not chosen and may not like, and cannot pursue personal interests or relationships.
Ronnie has cerebral palsy. He requires staff assistance for everything, from dressing to bathing to feeding. Despite his severe limitations, Evergreen staff helped Ronnie uncover an ability he never would have discovered in a nursing home – painting. Ronnie is an artist.
Several years ago the Evergreen Day Center that Ronnie goes to Monday – Friday opened an art program. Even though he can’t use his hands, Evergreen staff did not want to leave Ronnie out of art classes. With some googling and a little creativity, Evergreen staff fashioned a paint brush that could be strapped to Ronnie’s head.
They gave Ronnie a blank canvas and a tray of colors. He was hooked.