Friends of JCDS has done an exceptional job over the years in providing barrier-free housing options and emergency assistance for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I'm very proud of the work being done that helps people have productive lives and participate in our Johnson County community.
Friends of JCDS helped a young man with the basics-food and clothing! This person had significant health needs in addition to developmental disabilities and could not make ends meet. He did not have family members to assist either. Because he had celiac disease, he had a very special diet that was about 3 times more costly than a typical diet. In addition, finding the appropriate food for someone with this diet at a food pantry is extremely challenging. This person came into crisis just before the beginning of the school year. Friends of JCDS was able to provide him with a gift card to Wal-Mart so that he could get school clothing and food. Friends was truly a lifesaver.
Friends of JCDS is such a wonderful resource for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. As a Service Coordinator, I have had many interactions with them. They have assisted in getting the funding for several items for people including mattresses, exercise mats, essential furniture, contributing towards a fee for a Special Needs Summer Camp, and assistance with an extremely expensive medical bill, among other things. None of these items would have been possible to fund without the assistance from Friends of JCDS. They are always timely in their communication and are always pleasant to work with. They truly care about the people in our community.
Friends of JCDS has been a vital support to those in their time of need whether it be furniture and bedding for those removed from their home or clothing or a new treadmill to continue to work on their diet. Friends of JCDS facilitates swift communication in the process of requesting support and acts in a timely manner to ensure that the need can be covered. As a Case Manager working with individuals with disabilities I so appreciate having the support of the Friends of JCDS.