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Sharon Schmid

With a renewed twinkle in her eye, 56 year old Sharon Schmidt enjoys her salad at the 15th annual SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. picnic.

“I lost 43.6 pounds!” she says excitedly. “Darlene is a great guardian and helped me lose weight. She walks with me a lot.”

Sharon has lost weight, gained control over her diabetes, and is living a happy, healthier lifestyle thanks to SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. and SCARC’s Supportive Living Program.

In April of 2008, SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. was granted limited guardianship of Sharon, which allows the organization to act on her behalf by helping her make decisions regarding legal, medical, and financial matters. Sharon can still make her own decisions regarding social, residential, and recreational matters, but frequently calls on Darlene Lopez, her SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. caseworker, for guidance in those areas.

“We never want to take away the decision-making abilities of a client who is capable of making those decisions,” said Linda McConville, SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer. “We enhance their lives, helping them to make decisions and exercise their rights. We want to empower our clients as much as possible and make sure they get the best care possible to allow them to live long, full lives.”

After living a life challenged by a dual diagnosis, which is a developmental disability coupled with mental health problems, and significant family and medical issues, Sharon is now enjoying life.  Since she has been working with Darlene, she has found herself, her own voice, and has turned her life around. Their working relationship has blossomed into a beautiful friendship.

“Sharon and I are really close,” said Darlene. “I treat her like family and we talk often. Anything she needs, I make sure she has it if possible. We have spent a lot of time getting to know each other.”

Over the years, Sharon has worked through a majority of her family and childhood issues and no longer sees a therapist weekly. Darlene’s guidance and advocacy has helped Sharon achieve many goals that she could not realize independently.

Sharon now exercises regularly and enjoys attending Weight Watchers, which has fulfilled Sharon’s needs on a couple of different levels. Sharon has learned how to eat properly and make healthier choices, all while meeting new people and making new friends. Excited about her progress, Sharon calls Darlene regularly to report on her progress.

She also attends SCARC Senior Program four days per week, exercises, lives on her own, and cooks for herself. She also takes the county bus service independently to go to Wal-Mart or the grocery store.

“I cook now,” said Sharon. “And my girlfriends come over and I make dinner. It’s really nice. I never did that before.”

“We consider it our privilege to serve as Sharon’s guardian,” said Darlene. “She is a lovely lady.”

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