Meet Kenny, a resident of Volunteers of America’s Gayoso group home. Gayoso is one of Volunteers of America’s 12 community homes located in residential neighborhoods in the New Orleans area. These homes provide services for adults with developmental disabilities. Each home has a comfortable, family-like environment where residents can get the care they need and learn new skills.
Kenny came to live at the Gayoso home in September 2009. Kenny has moderate mental retardation and before coming to the Gayoso home he also struggled with an addiction to alcohol and had a brush with the law. By the time Kenny came to the Gayoso home he knew the consequences of alcohol and drug use and didn’t want to go down that road again. Kenny was very motivated to change his life around and quickly followed the Gayoso community home’s procedures established to help him make strides in his path towards independence. He made swift progress with his behavior and was set free from the charges pressed against him.
Kenny continues to become increasingly more independent. Last year he started working for the sanitation department of the Arc of Greater New Orleans. Arc provides employment opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities through numerous Arc Enterprises. Kenny really enjoys his new job. He works in a kitchen where he keeps the facility neat and clean, but as an excellent side benefit he gets to sample all of the food! Kenny now spends his free time and extra earnings going out to see movies in the theater or watching DVDs at the Gayoso home. At a striking 6 foot 8 inches tall he can still beat everybody in a basketball game, but prefers being a movie buff.
Kenny says his favorite part of living at the Gayoso home are the fun summer vacations they all take together. He always enjoys being on the go and visiting new places. Last year the Gayoso community home residents took a trip to Atlanta where they visited the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum, the Georgia Aquarium, Coca-Cola World, Six Flags, and lots of shopping malls. This summer they plan on taking a road trip to Memphis where they’ll visit the recording studios of legendary music labels Stax Records and Sun Records, the Beale Street music strip, some theme parks and swimming pools, and maybe even a drive by Graceland!
To learn more about our community group homes please call (504) 835-3005 or visit the Community Living Services page on our website.
Gayoso Community Home, part of our Community Living Services program, which provides community homes for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently traveled to Atlanta, GA for their summer vacation (pictured). Six consumers: Walter Files, Gary Malone, John Ray, Earl Tribble, Jacoby Walker & Kenneth Williams, attended, along with three staff members: Lisa Jordan, Lionel Harrison, and Breiontay Jackson.
The group visited the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibit, the house where he was born, the King family burial site, the Georgia Aquarium, Coca-Cola World, Six Flags, and several malls for shopping. The consumers had a great time, learned a lot, and really enjoyed the trip!