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Stories

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A Second Home Found

While many people who face a variety of life challenges can thrive in a group home setting, this was not the right solution for David.

Rhea Gallagher: a mother, caregiver, and advocate

Being an advocate is not easy. Even after 40 years, Rhea still finds it difficult, and understands why many parents don’t do it.

Andy: Living with Prader-Willi Syndrome

Andy was born with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a complex genetic disorder which causes him to have a constant urge to eat. For the past 10 years, Andy has lived in one of Advocates' residential programs that is specifically designed to meet the varied needs of individuals with PWS.

From Recovery Home Resident to Program Director

Noel had a good job, a college degree, and an active social life. On weekends, he went to clubs with friends. Life was good. Things quickly went downhill when he was arrested and spent six weeks in jail.