Eddie, Jeff & Bobby

Eddie, Jeff and Bobbie

Eddie, Jeff and Bobby are just three regular guys. They make their own meals, do their own laundry, go out for walks or sing karaoke.

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Michael, Dennie & Ron

Michael, Dennie and Ron

Michael, Dennie and Ron are former JDC residents that are now thriving and living a new life of choices and dignity in the community. One resident works part-time earning a paycheck he uses for shopping with his girlfriend or going to concerts.

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After Years in Institutions Two Central Illinois Men are Thriving in the Community

John recieving training Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) Chris enjoying his new home

When John Heath first moved into a state-operated developmental center Dwight D. Eisenhower was President and William G. Stratton was our governor. For 60 of his 72 years, John lived in institutions including the Lincoln and Jacksonville Developmental Centers. His current roommate at a central Illinois CILA, Chris Derrickson, is younger, at age 54, but also spent most of his life in developmental centers.

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