Kareemah is in her early twenties and has a smile which lights up a room. She giggles a lot which is so contagious. Kareemah was diagnosed with Turners Disease when she was a small child and with Machida Joseph’s Disease (aka: SCA3) when she was a teenager. At age 22, Kareemah for the first time move out of her parent’s house into Kate’s Home.
Kareemah was pretty much a shut in when living with her parents. It was not her parent’s fault. It is very common for disabled individuals living with their parent, to become shut-ins. Parents have to work and the disabled child is left at home without activities. Kareemah’s mom, asked their neurologist is there were any resources to get her daughter involved with the community. The doctor referred the Kareemah to Lynn Robinette of the Wishes 4 Me Foundation. A few days later, Lynn, Kareemah, Kareemah’s family met and talked about various options. Kareemah decided a few days later to move into one the Wishes 4 Me Foundation’s Homes, known as “Kate’s Home”.
Kareemah is no longer a shut-in. Weekly, Kareemah is now experiencing new things for the first time in her life. Kareemah’s smile gets bigger each week – it that is possible. Kareemah volunteers at a local Assisted Living Facility twice a week. Kareemah attends church every week with her housemates. Weekly, Kareemah and Jenny participates in a Prayer Shawl Ministry at the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. Kareemah has learned to crochet and knit. She is currently making a prayer shawl for the ministry. Kareemah enjoys going to the movies on a regular basis. One evening, Kareemah and some of her new friends, went out to eat and attended the play Annie at the Fox. Kareemah experienced several new things that evening. It was a joy to see Kareemah at the Fox Theatre watching the play. Kareemah would sing along with the characters as though she were on stage herself.
The Wishes 4 Me Foundation has assisted Kareemah in various ways. Ms. Robinette of the foundation worked with Kareemah and her mom in getting Kareemah’s first manual wheelchair ordered. Ms. Robinette’s experience with Kareemah and with wheelchairs assisted the Seating Evaluation Clinic with several recommendations. The Foundation assisted with getting Kareemah on the SOURCE program which is a Georgia Medicaid Waiver program which provides caregivers to assist Kareemah with her daily activities. Kareemah has participated in various community events since she moved into Kate’s Home.