The excerpt is taken from :
Falling off the Cliff Part 4: Life after death
By: Ronnie Polaneczky, STAFF COLUMNIST, Daily News Philly.com
December 1, 2017
For those … like Norman Moore, 60, the going is dicey without the close advocacy of others.
Born with intellectual disabilities to a violently alcoholic father and an abused mother unable to care for him, Moore was removed from his parents’ Southwest Philly home as a toddler. He ricocheted in and out of terrible foster-care situations and, as an adult was often homeless. Other times, he rented rooms in squalid boarding homes whose housemates were sketchy. By the time he was 44, Moore had never lived in one place for more than a few years.
“People stole my money and clothes – everything,” he says.
His luck changed 18 years ago when he moved in with State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D., 201st) and his family (Kinsey, a single father, has four daughters). Back then, Kinsey was a supervisor at Horizon House, which provides supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He was asked to oversee the creation of the organization’s lifesharing program – an arrangement in which disabled adults live with qualified, unrelated adults who provide support in their home. At any given time, about 1,450 life-sharing households exist in Pennsylvania.
Moore, a Horizon House client, had developed a good relationship with Kinsey, and the men decided to try lifesharing. There were many ups and downs as Moore adjusted to living in a solid, stable household with rules and expectations and the Kinseys developed new ways to make room in their lives and hearts for Moore. Eighteen years later, they’re as deeply entwined as any loving, caring family would be.
“Steve’s like my brother,” says Moore simply.
“He’s ours,” says Kinsey.
Thank you to our friends at Networking Women PA and to all the wonderful donors of the 3rd Annual Event Project Helping Handbags. We are amazed by your collection of over 250 handbags over the last three years filled with personal care items for the women served by Horizon House.
Looking forward to seeing both familiar and new faces each year, members of the board of directors, staff, and volunteers from the community open the doors of Ron’s Café to serve a Thanksgiving dinner.
As of June 30, 2018, Horizon House will go Smoke- Free. What better day to begin our journey to become a tobacco-free agency than on November 16, the day celebrated across America, “The Great American Smoke-Out”? Horizon House believes that we have an obligation to promote health and wellness for the people we serve and for each other. To this end, we are dedicated to becoming a tobacco-free agency.
The official Kick-Off was held across Horizon House to ensure that everyone heard the same information. As this initiative progresses, we are equally committed to helping people with this change.
During the next months, if staff or participants wish to take this opportunity to quit, help will be provided through education and treatment options. Because we understand that support can make the difference, we are offering tools, resources, and support to assist everyone wishing to kick the habit and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Promoting health and wellness here at Horizon house is what we do.
The word is out, and the message is clear: we’re becoming tobacco-free, and we’re in it together.