The White House – Laura Westover & Monte

The White House – Laura Westover & Monte

Laura Westover, age 46 in 2016, was born in Waltham, MA.  She lived in New England until around age 10 when she moved to Florida.  Laura was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Autism.  Due to the lack of knowledge about Autism and Cerebral Palsy, Laura became a ward of the state because of behavior problems between the ages of 11 to 18.  At age 18, she began living on her own and worked temporary jobs.

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Laura moved around New York State trying to find a safe place to live.  She moved to Potsdam, NY where she met Rachel Raja.  The two became the best of friends and roommates.  Laura (and Rachel) moved to Messina, NY where Laura was blessed with Monte, her service dog.  From Messina, they moved to Jamestown NY, which turned out to be very dangerous.  While looking for safe handicapped housing on the internet, Laura found Wishes 4 Me Foundation.  Laura and Monte (and Rachel) moved to the Atlanta area in May 2016 and lives in Wishes 4 Me Foundation community.

Since being with Wishes 4 Me, Laura has exercised her creative talents by building a fish pond, crafting, making things from wood and gardening.  Laura and Rachel work on many of these things together.  Laura has a love for animals and has been doing some dog sitting as well.  She said she feels safe for the first time in a long time.