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Rodney Develops Lifelong Friendships at HeartShare Respite Program

November 17, 2016

Impact Stories, In The Media


I love my friends at HeartShare.” -Rodney, Heels & Wheels Respite/Recreation Group

Rodney has been a part of HeartShare’s Heels & Wheels Respite/Recreation Group since its inception in 1996. That’s also the year that Rodney’s parents passed away and his sister Robin became his primary caregiver. “As long as I see that smile, life is wonderful,” she shared. Robin loves taking care of her brother and she knows that HeartShare does too. Like any caring guardian, Robin worried about Rodney during his first HeartShare out­ings, but she soon learned that he was in good hands. With his group, Rodney watches movies, gets crafty with pottery, explores museums and ventures the outdoors in the Poconos. Whether dressing up for church or dancing the night away, Rodney has a debonair sense of style. Rodney especially enjoyed busting out moves at the agency’s annual Family Support Dinner Dance, as well as at his 60th birthday party at Russo’s on the Bay. There’s a reason that his HeartShare family made it to Rodney’s guest list. In addition to staff members to whom he’s grown close, Heels & Wheels helped Rodney re-connect with those from his childhood. “I love my friends at HeartShare,” said Rodney.

Learn more about HeartShare and its Family of Services in our 2016 Annual Report.