JT’s younger sister was faced with the task of caregiving.
JT lived with his mother and brother. When their mother passed away, his sister became the guardian of JT and their young brother while caring for her own child. She is 10 years younger than JT. While juggling caregiving duties, work and nursing school, sometimes his sister had to leave JT at home by himself. “It was a very stressful time,” she said. “I didn’t want JT staying by himself because of the safety risk and not being able to socialize with others.”
She learned about Aldersgate at the Oaks through a family friend. JT moved into the Orangeburg home in 2020. He is thriving from receiving the attention and care he needs. “The staff are loving and kind,” she said. “Aldersgate has been great for JT, me and our family.” JT said he enjoys living at Aldersgate and hanging out with his housemates.
Xavier had a difficult start in life.
Xavier had a difficult start in life. He received limited life skills training that affected his attendance in school, as well as his learning environment. After hearing about his situation, his aunt moved Xavier in with her. With medical concerns of her own, she worried about his future.
By working through the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, she found Xavier a home at Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry. “Since being at Aldersgate, Xavier is more independent,” she said. “He has goals and is learning new skills. Knowing he’s in a loving home while getting the attention he needs brings me comfort.”
Xavier is very polite, respectful and expresses himself through gestures and eye contact. He has great relationships with his housemates and staff. Xavier enjoys all activities and loves to be complimented on his attire. When you ask Xavier if he likes living at Aldersgate, his answer is always, “Yes!”