Joel, 36 – Learning disability

When I was forced out on the street by my wife after seventeen years of marriage, it was more than just a case of family breakdown.  I am learning disabled and suffer from epilepsy.  My seizures are unpredictable and managing daily tasks is quite a struggle.  When I entered Bikur Cholim I was living with friends and was desperate for my independence.  My support worker accompanied me to view some suitable one-bedroom flats in the area and encouraged me to take up a tenancy agreement.  My support worker also made arrangements for a daily meals service and weekly laundry service.  I have now returned to part-time work and am delighted to welcome guests into my own home.  “Thanks to my support worker, I feel like a man now”.