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Ms. Kim came to KCSC in September 2011 with her friend who is a former client of the organization. During the intake assessment, KCSC learned that her husband passed away several years ago and that she doesn’t have much income. Until that point, Ms. Kim wasn’t aware that she was entitled to any benefits.
Ms. B is a 51 year old woman who lives in Ward 4. She suffers from a genetic disorder which makes it difficult for her to complete light housekeeping in her apartment, shop, or do the laundry.
Ms B has very little support from family or friends. She is too young for DC Office on Aging funded services and, although her income is limited, it is too high for Medicaid.
We have had a long-term relationship with "Delia" since she was in her early twenties and first came through our Residential Program. She had a long history of substance abuse, prostitution and criminal activity. Her dream has been to finish college, but she struggled with addiction for most of her life (she grew up with an alcoholic mother) and recently relapsed on crack cocaine. Our outreach staff got her into detox, followed by an outpatient treatment program that includes one-on-one counseling as well.
Chiodo is a feisty woman. She is a little unstable on her feet and uses a walker. Last week, she attended her regular Arts for the Aging workshop where participants engaged in a movement activity. The session leader asked Chiodo to join the group with her walker. She considered it but said no. The staff member who accompanied Chiodo from her adult care facility echoed that sentiment, saying that she didn't move well without assistance. So she watched from the side as the rest of the group moved to live violin music.