So very often at LADD, you will find members of our team who have had long careers here because this is so much more than a job, it is a passion. Our Faith Maynard is among them. She joined LADD 14 years ago as a direct support professional for our Margaret B. Geier Apartments, later serving as a social guide for our Community Connections, then as coordinator for our Community Supported Living, before her new role as our Community Connections program manager.
If you are unfamiliar, our Community Connections is the only non-facilities based program of its kind in Cincinnati. In groups of 3 to 5 adults, they choose places in our area to explore with one of our social guides. Those outings may include volunteer work or recreational activities. Community Connections reduces isolation and also provides an opportunity for participants to learn and strengthen life and communication skills, build confidence through decision making, and explore their own likes and dislikes.
“Participants in the program gain confidence through their decisions and experiences,” said Faith. “Part of this process of advocacy is taking stock of who they are – and what they want to accomplish by exploring what they like and don’t like in the world.”