Meet Vicky and Chasity
Meet Vicky and Chasity. They met a few years ago as students at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina through the Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (SDAP). This was Vicky’s first time living semi-independently. “The campus is so big, and I had a lot of classes,” Vicky remembers, “there were also tons of trails to hike!”
“SDAP allows individuals with intellectual disabilities access to a two-year education,” explains Chasity. “My job as an SDAP volunteer was to encourage students’ independence. I helped them with school by attending classes with them and tutoring when needed. We would also hang out the coffee shop, play UNO, go to dinner, and bounce around downtown Boone.” The SDAP program was Chasity’s first connection to people with disabilities. “I just fell in love with the population,” she says, “the students I worked with had this incredible sincerity and optimism.”
In November 2018, Vicky and Chasity moved into Friendship House Fayetteville, an intentional living community that provides affordable, integrated housing for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and healthcare professional students. Chasity is now a second-year in Methodist University’s Physician Assistant Program. “I wanted to become part of the Friendship House because I loved the idea of being part of a community that combines faith and medicine to empower people with disabilities to become independent,” says Chasity, “The fact that Vicky has the opportunity to gain a sense of self through developing independence is such a beautiful thing, not only for her and her family, but for myself, the Camerons,* and the Fayetteville community at large.”
“Friendship House is for someone who has disabilities,” Vicky chimes in, “so they can take care of themselves and do things on the weekends. I’m very glad I’m here. I’m excited to make new friends and cook. I feel free.”
*Dr. Scott and Avery Cameron are the visionaries for Friendship House Fayetteville. Dr. Cameron will serve as the Chaplin and Resident Director for the campus.