Cynthia Moretti is a beautiful twenty-seven year old young woman, residing in Oak Park with her supportive parents Kris and Sheri Lenzo. She enjoys life on many fronts: nuzzling up to her dog Beyoncé – and her new dog Mia, spending time with friends, joking with her family. While she has cerebral palsy, Cynthia navigates the world using a specially designed wheelchair, and effectively communicates through her computer. Cynthia is also an accomplished Paralympic Boccia player, traveling throughout Illinois and across the country competing in tournaments.
Along with Cynthia, Kris and Sheri wondered what would happen when their daughter moved on from Oak Park and River Forest High School into the world of adulthood. They faced the complex process of transition, uncertain of the steps needed to secure adult services for Cynthia. Fortunately, through its Building Bridges to the Future program, UCP Seguin stepped in to help. As Sheri states, “We would not have navigated the transition without Building Bridges.”
This innovative initiative offers hands-on support to students with disabilities preparing to leave high school. It helped Cynthia and her family to register for the state waiting list, secure funding for adult services, and obtain basic public benefits. Cynthia now has access to home-based services, while using affordable door-to-door transportation to attend day services and enrichment activities, all under the auspices of UCP Seguin. She and her parents can breathe more easily…and Cynthia can build life skills, develop new friends, and act as a full member of her community.
You too can make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Please give online at www.ucpseguin.org or send gifts to UCP Seguin, 332 Harrison Street, Oak Park IL 60304.