Stephen Knorr receives residential and day supports at a Pittsburgh Mercy Community Living Arrangement (CLA) and Baldwin Day Program.
Diagnosed with several complex medical conditions, Stephen was hospitalized more than 15 times over three years. Due to the intensity of his medical care, Stephen spent countless holidays away from the people he most cares about.
He retired from work long before he felt the need to, and he was no longer able to maintain his lawn, which brought him great joy. Stephen was not happy with his life, and he felt strongly about getting back to what he loves most.
He decided he would not allow his medical diagnoses to dictate his life. Instead, he took the lead in his own life by attending numerous physical and occupational therapy sessions to become the strongest man he could possibly become.
Stephen has resumed maintaining his lawn. He has spent the past four holidays at home with the people of his choosing. He came out of retirement and enjoys going to our Baldwin Day Program five days a week.
Stephen executed his right to self-determination and is now living his most meaningful, fulfilled life:
S – Strong
T – Thriving
E – Easygoing
P – Passionate
H – Helpful
E – Eager
N – Never, Never, Never Give Up!
Stephen was one of 19 individuals with disabilities honored for their accomplishments at the Conference of Allegheny Providers’ 12th Richard C. Frech Celebration of Success on May 9. The event was hosted by Pittsburgh Mercy.
Tamika Berry is a program support specialist at several Pittsburgh Mercy Community Living Arrangements (CLAs) and a supportive housing program in Pittsburgh’s South Hills.