By Caitlyn Gudmundsen, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Graceworks Lutheran Services, which is committed to helping residents in its Enhanced Living community reach their goals.
Headquartered in Dayton, OH, Graceworks Lutheran Services has faithfully cared for people in challenging and changing circumstances for nearly a century. Graceworks is rooted in the Christian faith, and dedicated to upholding personal dignity and wholeness of life for people of all faiths. Its programs include housing services, senior living, and programs for people with disabilities. Graceworks Enhanced Living offers residential and day programming to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, offering opportunities for them to be active within their community and live independently with dignity.
When resident Bobby moved into the Graceworks Enhanced Living Anthony Home in April 2020, he shared his dream of running a 5K with the staff. The Graceworks staff eagerly began working to help Bobby achieve this dream. One of the Direct Support staff members, Aji, has been helping Bobby train by running alongside him, encouraging him and celebrating him the whole way. Aji knows that at the end of the day, running a 5K is a goal Bobby will achieve on his own, but in the meantime, she is there to cheer him on as he works toward his dream. See Bobby’s inspiring video .
Bobby and Aji’s story is a wonderful example of how the Graceworks Enhanced Living staff work every day to enhance all residents’ lives and help them live interdependently with dignity, wholeness, and respect.
Thank you to Graceworks Lutheran Services for your commitment to supporting people with disabilities live full lives and realize their dreams!