Willie hales from Macom, Mississippi, where he was one of 11 children. At the age of 17 he moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a career as a mechanic, spending many years working on heavy machinery.
Willie is a family man carrying on the tradition of large families, he has 14 children many of whom still reside in the area.
Willie has always been independent and a provider for his family; however, in recent years Willie experienced several medical setbacks; making it increasingly difficult to live alone.
Willie moved in with his daughter Demita and her family. Demita works full time and needed more supports to make sure her father was safe and well cared for during the day.
Willie joined Community LIFE and attends the Day Center 5 days a week. While at the center Willie can see his medical doctor, receive physical therapy and participate in recreational activities. Demita doesn’t have to worry about getting her father to the center because Community LIFE provides the transportation needed.
Willie enjoys the music programs and playing cards with other participants. Willie said, “there’s no better place to be!” than Community LIFE. Demita adds, “it is a tremendous stress reliever knowing dad is safe and I am so impressed with the changes it has made in my Dad.”