Charles Perkins, 23, of Benbrook has dreams of being out and about like any other teenager or adult. That’s why attending MHMR’s Adult Day Activity Center, or “day hab,” is so important to him and his family.
“This is his social outing,” said Marilyn Perkins, Charles’ mom.
Once there, Marilyn knows Charles is safe and enjoying himself. It’s the getting him there and home five days a week that can cause some stress.
ABG offers a continuum of services and a diverse range of opportunities for people with intellectual and development disabilities. The program develops employment and social skills through vocational training, support for successful employment in the community, and day habilitative care.
ABG also assists people to develop competitive employment skills through paid work experience. The program serves 223 individuals in Fort Worth.
"We're always looking for ways to help people with disabilities become more independent," said Dan Gadbury, program manager for MHMR’s Supported Employment/Transportation Systems Change.
Charles, who has Klippel Trenaunay Weber Syndrome/Proteus Syndrome, has attended ABG since the summer of 2012. Marilyn and her husband work and have to juggle multiple options for getting Charles to ABG five days a week. The logistics to get Charles’ to ABG includes parents, an attendee and two days a week using a Catholic Charities van.
“It can be very stressful if you are working; timing is everything,” Marilyn said. “Planning plays a major role in coordinating.”
That’s why MHMR partners with Tarrant Riders Network, a community coalition of transit, nonprofit, for-profit, and volunteer transportation providers; health and human service agencies; and advocates for people with disabilities or older adults.