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Martha's Story

Martha was born with Cerebral Palsy. As she grew older, Martha was told she wouldn’t be able to live on her own because of her disability. It appeared the only option available was a nursing home.

“I lived in a nursing home for almost a year at one point in my life,” says Martha. “I knew I could still live independently, and it made me sad even thinking of living in a nursing home again.”

Luckily for Martha, she wouldn’t have to go back to a nursing home. With the help of United Way and Marcfirst, Martha has been able to live on her own for the past nine years in a customized apartment designed for her needs. With the modifications Martha helped design for her apartment, she is able to cook, bathe and do laundry – all without assistance.

“It means a lot to me that I have a place of my own,” she says. “I have my own furniture and decorations, and best of all, I get to live with my two cats.”

Even in her apartment, Martha can still receive supportive assistance with daily needs like getting dressed and having transportation.

She says community support truly does make a difference, “It changed my life being able to live on my own.”