(In other words, we got your back).
After eleven years of having a legal custodian, Karla has now been officially designated her very own guardian, meaning she is 100% responsible for her own personal, medical, and legal decisions.
“I can still recall the day I drove down to the Booneville Human Development Center to bring Karla to Life Styles,” remembers John Newman, executive director of Life Styles. “I’ve seen firsthand the incredible strides she’s made to warrant this distinction.”
Through four years of quarterly meetings with her Life Styles support staff and the legal custodians, Karla consistently and increasingly showed her stuff. She proved herself a valued employee at Briar Rose Bakery, has been a star student in Life Styles’ College For Living, and was named to the Life Styles Client Leadership team—which plans and helps supervise client activities. Karla is also the doting owner of a shelter dog named DeDe, manages her own appointments with doctors and counselors, and has become a capable and responsible advocate for herself.
Vikki McKillip, Karla’s case manager at Life Styles, loves to witness how this promising young woman leads with kindness, gentleness, and empathy these days. Yet she's held on to her trademark spunk, too. “She still has a little sass," Vikki notes. "But it’s a good sass.”
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This place is a great blessing to me. I love being at Life Styles. I also love making new friends and doing art and learning things.
- Allison, client
The staff at Life Styles treat my brother with respect, while teaching him skills and giving him the support that helps him lead an independent and full life.
- Katrina, sister of client
One of the most amazing organizations I have ever seen. It has been nothing but the most beautiful experience for my daughter.