Daniel came to live at Flat Rock a few years ago. Until that point he had not left the perimeter of his father’s home. His phobia of moving vehicles had become so great that it began to significantly deteriorate his quality of life. At birth Daniel was diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities and later he tested positive for Huntington’s Disease, one of the most devastating and currently untreatable neurological and cognitive diseases recently discovered. Eventually, Daniel will begin to display combined symptoms similar to Parkinsons, Alzheimers and other psychiatric disorders. His placement at Flat Rock will enable our staff, his family and our program team to allow him the best possible care and enrichment for growth.
Flat Rock Homes has opened up Daniel’s world in ways we never could have imagined. Since his arrival he has joined the choir, become a regular fixture in Christian Education, attends church every Sunday, works in our vocational program and makes daily visits to our administrative staff and residents.
Shortly after his arrival our staff began working with Daniel on his phobia of moving vehicles. We started slow, first he sat in a bus in the parking lot – the bus was off. Then he sat in a bus that was on. A few days later he sat in a bus that was on and put his seatbelt on. A week later he allowed the staff to drive the bus 25 feet down the driveway before asking to be let off. Eventually, they made it out of the driveway, across the street to the parking lot at the administrative office. In the months since, Daniel regularly makes trips into the neighboring town of Bellevue. He has also joined his housemates, friends and staff on a trip to Cedar Point, a 40 minute car ride from his home.
Daniel’s life before Flat Rock Homes was beautiful, he is a loving young man, he has a loving family and is adored by so many in his social circle. But, by challenging him, by multiplying his talents, his world has grown beyond even what we at Flat Rock could have imagined. What Daniel has accomplished so far is nothing short of a miracle.
Flat Rock cares for those who can’t care for themselves. As a faith filled organization, it is Flat Rock’s mission to care for severely intellectually and developmentally disabled children and adults with co-occurring behavioral issues. There are many institutions that can not or would not care for the multitude of diagnoses that many of Flat Rock’s residents have.
Cori is one of our newer residents at Flat Rock Care Center. When Cori first came to live at Flat Rock, she had more than 100 behaviors per day. Now, because of the patience and love of Flat Rock’s staff, that number of behaviors has significantly decreased.
Every afternoon after school, Cori comes around to the administrative offices to visit. A few years back Flat Rock was getting ready for the Flat Rock Homes Quilt Auction. There were 200+ quilts piled up in the conference room and staff was sorting them out for the program. Cori came in, sat down, and quickly inquired, “Whatcha doin?”. The staff person explained what they were doing and why, that they were going to try and auction all of these beautiful quilts so that wonderful, fun things can keep happening at Flat Rock.
“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it!”.
She stayed with the staff for a while, and ran her hands over the intricate quilts and she stopped on one, in the middle of the pile. “This one! Can I see this one?” she asked. The staff person pulled out a full-sized, green, pink and gold quilt that was emblazoned with Biblical psalms and proverbs. She took her fingers and ran them over the letters. Cori is a beautiful young woman who is tall and thin, and she has magnificent long fingers that just flowed over the words. “Read this one” she would say. Cori and the staff person read every verse from the top of the quilt to the bottom of the quilt. She never lost interest. There was one verse Cori repeatedly came back to: “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it!”. Every time that verse was read, Cori would say, “That’s my quilt”.
The donor of that quilt heard Cori’s story and gave her that quilt for Christmas. When Cori opened it two months later, she ran her long fingers over the verses, “read this one”, and so staff did. That night Cori said quietly to her house staff, “I want to sleep with this quilt tonight”. As Cori, wraps herself tightly in her green and pink and gold quilt and as she does, she wraps all everyone in with her and together everyone can find comfort in knowing that we are finding healing together