Former JDC Residents Thriving in the Community

Eddie says he couldn't be happier now that he has his own place with his two roommates. He can help cook, play his guitar and sing Johnny Cash songs, and go outside and smoke whenever he feels like it. Eddie, who turns 50 this year moved into his new home in August after living for years at the Jacksonville Developmental Center. His roommates, 44 year old Jeff and 50 year old Bobby also lived at JDC.

Life has changed dramatically for the three men who live in a two-story rented house with assistance from the Individual Advocacy Group (IAG). Staff from IAG are on hand 24 hours a day to help the men with their daily needs.

The men attend day training where they have jobs and take part in a variety of activities. They also go out to eat and attend local sports events with IAG staff.

"I'm happy here, I don't want to go back to JDC. I like it here. I got my own life," said Eddie.

Dr. Charlene Bennett, CEO and Executive Director of IAG says it's important to have choices, dignity and respect.

"These are three great guys who live in a house in the community. This is their home, living their life and they are happy here," she added.

Eddie gives a tour of his backyard where he and his roommates plan to plant a garden in the spring.
Former JDC residents Eddie , Jeff and Bobby shown in their new home.
Former JDC resident Eddie looks through some of his country music CDs.
Former JDC resident Jeff handles his own laundry in the basement of his home in Springfield.