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Impact Stories

Meet Michel

Michel, a VISIONS participant, has been coming to MRI for about three months now. Referred to MRI by Decatur Manor, Michel spends his days in group, working in license plates and greeting his new friends. He comes in a little later than most because he…

Meet Tony

Meet Tony, a MRI Day Vocational Training participant. Tony may be blind, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his passions, including music. Tony taught himself to play piano by ear at the age of five. However, his musical abilities don’t stop there! Tony can also…

Meet Olivia

MRI’s Our Voice Through Art has allowed Olivia to gain confidence, make friends and think outside the box.  Through the class, she has been able to explore various materials, which has shown her how to look at the world differently. Olivia’s communication skills have also…

Meet Larry

With the support of MRI’s intermittent CILA, Larry is able to live by himself in his apartment and maintain his independence.  Larry has lived in his own apartment for four years with the support of MRI’s intermittent CILA. Before living on his own, Larry lived in a strict group…

Meet Elden

“Our lives – especially Elden’s – will forever be more meaningful thanks to Independence Pointe.” -Jenell, Elden’s mother Just before his third birthday, Elden had been receiving Early Intervention speech and language services through Independence Pointe. As his Early Intervention services were about to end,…

Meet Laury

In October of 2004 Laury suffered a traumatic brain injury, leaving her in a medically-induced coma.  When she regained consciousness a few months later, she had a long road ahead of her. The road began with having to learn how to walk and talk again.  Laury…

Meet Hayden

When MRI Kid’s Connection Coordinator, Jessica Gremo, first met Hayden and his family five years ago, Hayden’s mother, Nichole, was working at KFC and was having issues finding childcare.  No daycare in the area would take Hayden because he was tube fed.  Nichole thought she…

Meet TJ

Julie and Andrew’s son, TJ, is enrolled in Discovery Depot Child Care Center at MRI Independence Pointe. Julie and Andrew’s older son, Landric, is a former Discovery Depot participant and is currently in Kindergarten. Landric’s kindergarten teachers were impressed with how prepared he was when school started.…

Meet Ethan

When Ethan was diagnosed with mild to moderate autism just before he turned three, his mother, Melissa, was worried. She wasn’t familiar with many autism resources and was scared of the unknown. She contacted MRI Independence Pointe for support.  After learning more about MRI’s Autism…

Meet Amara

Amara, an MRI Day Vocational Training and VISIONS participant, lives in MRI’s apartment-style group home. Before moving into MRI’s apartment-style group home near downtown Decatur, Amara had experienced multiple types of living situations. As she was growing up, Amara had a great support system that…

Meet Facelli and Jason

Facelli and her son, Jason, participate in MRI Bright Start Home Visiting.  At 2.5 years old, Jason’s mom, Facelli, noticed that her son was not able to do what other children his age could do.  Jason was non-verbal and needed to learn to communicate. He…

Meet Danny

Danny, an MRI Day Vocational Training participant, works in MRI’s license plate production. Danny has been working in license plate production since he graduated high school. He performs several different jobs involved in the manufacturing of license plates, such as placing stickers and packaging. However, he…

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Meet Danny

Danny participates in the VISIONS Mental Health Program at MRI. When Danny came to MRI he lived at a nursing home for adults with chronic mental illness. Since coming to MRI and participating in the VISIONS program, Danny was able to transition to a group home and…

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Meet Kane

Kane is  an Independence Pointe Speech/Language Therapy, ABA and Discovery Depot Child Care Center (former) & Kid’s Connection (current) participant “The staff is very accommodating to Kane’s needs and everyone is invested in his successful milestones. He has made great strides and loves all the staff! Our…

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Meet Carl

Carl is a Homeward Bound Pet Shelter Job Trainee and Day Vocational Training participant Carl works at Homeward Bound Pet Shelter a few mornings a week through MRI’s job training program.  Through Carl’s job training at MRI Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, he has learned vital job…