When Joe puts a brush to a canvas, age and disability cease to exist. For years, his award-winning art has been displayed in numerous exhibits, purchased by admirers and helped shatter misconceptions about what people with developmental disabilities are capable of creating.
But when the art stops, age and disability become very real for Joe.
Now in his 50s, Joe has to move around with a walker after two falls resulted in a damaged hip both times. His mental and social skills continue to deteriorate as he battles early onset dementia. The mounting struggles required him to move from his longtime home in Palatine to one of three senior-friendly homes that Little City operates in Hanover Park.Read More
A stable home was in Jayshawn’s near future, but when his foster mother died, he was left desperately searching once more.
Joseph too had a promising opportunity with a foster family, but after six months, things became too difficult and Joseph had to leave.
Then unexpectedly, Jayshawn and Joseph found each other. They found each other and became family because of Little City foster parent Alyza Gordon-Gonzalez.
Alyza has been a foster parent with Little City for a little more than two years and now she is officially a mom as she has adopted 17-year-old Jayshawn, 16-year-old Isaiah and in the process with 17-year-old Joseph. It is a dream come true for her and for the three boys who are now brothers.Read More