Everyone has been asking….how’s Rick doing with all this?
Rick is my brother with Down syndrome. He came to live with us after my mother passed in 2004. He lived with us for four years, then we transitioned him to an apartment in Tempe so he could participate in the ARC, a program for developmentally disabled adults.
He thrived in Tempe, living independently, working at Safeway, going to the ARC. He also was involved with the Down Syndrome Network and Best Buddies.
So how could we take that all away from him? It was not an easy decision.
But, again sometimes the universe comes through, the planets are in alignment, and prayers are answered.
His roommate lost his job and would have to move back in with his parents. They would not be renewing the lease.
Rick was sad at first, he didn’t want to leave his friends. But when he heard about our traveling plans he came on board.
The last seven months have not always been easy, but with love and patience we have adjusted, knowing we would have adventures soon!