Lou has been with REM West Virginia for four and a half years, supporting individuals that he serves to be successful and achieve goals by providing transportation, physical and emotional support, and linkage to opportunities they are interested in. On his day off, Lou sponsors an art class for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When one of the individuals Lou serves wanted to write a bibliography, Lou sat with him for hours talking and transcribing life stories for the individual. Lou has been essential to the continued completion of this book.
“Lou has always encouraged the individuals he serves to strive for their goals, be confident in their abilities and to never let their limitations inhibit their success. He ensures that each individual has the opportunity for an active schedule which helps grow their social networks along with increased confidence and quality of life.” –Tiffany Allen, Area Director, REM West Virginia
Over the last few years, Lou has spent his time supporting a fellow artist and rights advocate and his wife, who are both aging with challenges and who receive services from REM West Virginia. He attends advocacy events with the gentleman, patiently translating speech patterns altered by Cerebral Palsy. Together, they can be found fighting budget cuts at the state capitol to preserve funding for individuals with disabilities. Every Friday you can find them at REM West Virginia’s day program, The Tree House, helping program participants express themselves through art. Lou is also a winner of The MENTOR Network’s 2017 Ripple of Hope Award.