Our brothers and sisters are often our first friends.
For people with developmental disabilities, a brother or sister is often a lifetime friend who assumes caregiver responsibilities after their parents are gone. Christopher Locke, who has received services through The Arc for more than 30 years, lived with his parents until they could no longer care for him. Fortunately, Chris has three siblings involved in his life including younger brother Alan who shared his story:
The Arc has been so helpful to me.
I’ve always felt my brother Chris deserved the opportunity to be a responsible, independent adult, and in the years he’s been with The Arc I’ve seen him change for the better.
I’m completely at ease knowing Chris is in a safe, good home with his friends. His social calendar is full and I’m 100-percent confident that the staff who work with my brother are exceptionally well-trained and experienced enough to provide the best support to him.
My brother was diagnosed with a developmental disability at three years old. A lot of families placed their children in institutions at that time, but my mom and dad refused to do that - they kept Chris at home.
It was hard for our parents to raise five children while they were both working, and it was hard growing up with Chris. There was a stigma then about developmental disabilities, so we had a lot of challenges in school and with friends. Chris demanded a lot of our parents’ attention.
We all grew up, but Chris was the only one who didn’t leave the house. He was receiving services and making friends at The Arc, but mom and dad weren’t ready to let him go.
Then my father passed away in 2000 and my mother had to go to a nursing home. That’s when Chris found his home at The Arc just down the street from where he grew up. His transition was easy and he was able to spend time with mom for a few years until she passed too.
Now it's up to me and my brother and sister to make sure Chris has a home, a purpose, friends, and family.
Alan is one of numerous siblings ensuring a quality life for their adult brother or sister with The Arc's help.
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