people with disabilities thrive in community What happened when one Longmont woman defied Medicaid and said ‘yes’ to the most helpless of him, he’ll figure it out,” Evans said. “I got him a massive set of Tinkertoys. It keeps him occupied for hours.” Paul said Sample Supports makes life happy. He added, “Everyone is nice and helpful, and we get to go out in the community and do fun stuff.”
When Paul moved in with Geoff Evans, Paul, then in his mid-20s, refused to clean or cook. He yelled, threw things and pocketed Evans’ stuff. Yet Evans, a provider with Sample Supports for adults and foster youth with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, continued to speak respectfully and model positive behavior.
Carmen Sample of Longmont founded Sample Supports with Seven years later, her husband in Paul is a poster 2010, even as the boy for Sample U.S. economy Supports. “Paul Carmen Sample with Suzy, who is learning to make jewelry to sell at tanked and has gone from Crystal Joys in Longmont. (Photo courtesy Sample Supports.) Medicaid froze flat-out refusals to accounts. “Since taking ownership ‘doing fancy’ for dinner.” we had worked in the industry for his actions,” Evans said. “He several years and I had my master’s sets the table every night and holds Mentally, Paul is about age seven. in social work, we decided to start a job at Samples World Bistro,” a “But if you put an engine in front a host home program,” Sample Longmont restaurant run in tansaid. “Soon, though, we noticed gent with Sample Supports. “Paul holes in services. So we decided will roll up our napkins, something BY SARAH HUBER to create those services ourselves, he’s learned at work, and say we’re for LONGMONT MAGAZINE 42 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
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