Jimmy and Patrick’s Story

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Jimmy and Patrick, housemates and friends Skills supports in one of our community homes, celebrate Patrick’s birthday in their home in Northern Cambria.

Jimmy and Patrick live along a hilly road in rural Northern Cambria. They’ve been housemates for a little over a year, and Skills Team Leader Carie Kline, who manages staff and provides direct support in their community home, says they love living together. “They get along so well, they’re like brothers. They call each other brother, they want to do everything together.” 

Although they’re a little quiet when you first meet them, Jimmy and Patrick love joking around with the staff who support them, and Carie says that they love sharing their interests with others. “Patrick’s into dinosaurs and Godzilla. He can teach you and tell you anything about a dinosaur. And Jimmy’s more into sports. He’s a Steelers fan, and he knows I like Dallas, and he picks on me all the time. He was telling me just this morning about somebody who used to play for Dallas, and I tell you what, he knows it all. So they teach me things every day.” 

Skills’ Team Leader Carie Kline poses for a picture with Jimmy on his birthday.

Jimmy and Patrick say they love shopping, going out to eat, and watching movies with each other and the Skills staff who work in their community home. Some of the highlights of their year were celebrating their birthdays and taking an overnight trip to State College with Skills DSP Doug to see a live pro-wrestling show. 

“It was Road to Wrestlemania,” Patrick says. When Carie asks if they had fun going to the show with Doug and Jimmy and spending the night in a hotel, Patrick responds with an enthusiastic, “Oh yeah.” 

Patrick, left, and Jimmy, right, at a Road to Wrestlemania event in State College

Jimmy says “Old pro-wrestling is awesome.”  Meanwhile, Patrick has only become interested in wrestling more recently, since meeting Jimmy. They now enjoy watching DVDs of old wrestling matches together. 

Jimmy and Patrick also had a great time celebrating their birthdays this year. “Jimmy’s going to have a birthday party,” Patrick told us when we interviewed him earlier this year. When Carie asked how Patrick planned to celebrate his birthday, one month after Jimmy’s, he said, “I’m going to see Jurassic World with my brother Jimmy.” [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_button button_color=”accent” size=”btn-lg” border_width=”0″ link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.skillsofcentralpa.org%2Fcontact”]Learn More About Skills[/vc_button][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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