Johnna Laird, Parent

December 29, 2015

“My daughter wanted her own apartment to live an adult’s life. I wanted safeguards, so she would be connected to others, not [retreated] in isolation. I visited a number of programs in Northern California and even out of state [and] she tried living in a few. None [of them] can compare to FCSN and the remarkable environment created by the staff of young adults and veteran case managers. After the day program, she grabs a snack and participates in activities that foster further growth. Art has become her major pastime, thanks to a nurturing class. A social skills group and the relentless friendliness of the apartment-dwellers have helped her feel part of the community. She often remarks, “Mom, everyone is so inclusive!” With 36 people in 12 apartments, there is always someone with a birthday. They rally to support each other, [go] out to eat, [and] celebrate. FCSN helps individuals push boundaries. My daughter’s life is enriched immeasurably because she lives at FCSN. She feels more independent yet secure with staff guidance and support. FCSN is a fun place to live.”