Even Superheroes Need Training Too

When we can't find enough people to work in group homes, where will people with developmental disabilities live? 

Koinonia Residential Manager Heidi Spaeth describes how the organization helps parents and guardians navigate the system to help their family members receive benefits from their county board of developmental disabilities.
Two brothers on a swing in the backyard of a group home
Michael Major (left) and Dennis Major (right) enjoy time together at Michael's home in North Royalton.

Like many others in our community, we turned to Koinonia for Help

Fred Major is no stranger to the joys and struggles of caring for loved ones with developmental disabilities.

Growing up, Fred had two older brothers with developmental disabilities. One of his brothers, Michael, was profoundly disabled and born at a time when parents relinquished custody to limit out-of-pocket expenses that could bankrupt a family.

“My father, who at the time was working multiple jobs, was spending more on Michael and his care than the other six living children combined,” Fred said. “Michael was 18 years old before my mother’s aunt, an esteemed attorney, along with the Pastor of our church went to the Ohio State Capitol to plea on behalf of our family for assistance with Michael.”