Josephine came to ECNV in August 2017 when her mother ended up in the hospital and was unable to care for her. Josephine had a traumatic brain injury as a youth, which caused physical and intellectual issues, and her mother had been caring for her ever since. They both were living with their cousin at the time. When her mother became ill, she decided to find her independence. She came to us to get help to find housing among other services. ECNV staff was able to help her find a home in a group setting. She also did travel training with us and now is able to independently use the Metro system. Josephine most recently received help to apply for the Medicaid waiver and was granted her waiver to get help a few hours a week to help her live independently.
Diana Urquiza is a 51-year-old woman who lived in Cherrydale nursing home in Arlington, Virginia after an accident that injured her spine, and sought help from ECNV to transition back to the community. ECNV had advocated for local jurisdictions to provide tenant-based rental assistance vouchers for nonelderly disabled people looking to transition through the Money Follows the Person program (MFP.) Since Diana had family in Fairfax, she was able to apply for and secure a voucher. She transitioned out of the nursing facility with MFP transition services through ECNV and with housing search assistance from her peer mentor at the Center. Diana was an accomplished artist and musician prior to her accident and was delighted to perform at ECNV’s holiday party in 2015. She has since become a tireless advocate for disability rights and deinstitutionalization, visiting legislators’ offices and giving public testimony about issues affecting the community.