A Day of Support at Destiny Mall Caregivers gather for encouragement

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- Destiny Mall in Syracuse, New York was filled with people and vendors offering services for those with disabilities.

In honor of National Caregivers month, David’s Refuge hosted a luncheon in support of those who care for loved one’s.

According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, about fourteen million adults of all ages needed long-term care services and supports.

Clarise Coleman is no stranger to the services offered and is grateful for her son’s progress in living with autism.

“He’s eighteen now.” “It’s like caring for a 3-year-old, a 10-year-old and a eighteen-year-old, all at the same time in one person.” “There’s a lot of things that he gets, and he has some independence but there’s a lot of things that he doesn’t.”

Founders Warren and Brenda Pfohl started the non-profit in honor of their son David.

He was diagnosed with Batten’s Disease, a rare progressive disease in which one lacks an enzyme necessary to break down and remove the waste that occurs from cell activity in the neurons.

Executive Director Kate Houck takes pride in her role and is confident for what’s to come.

“With more support from our community, we would be able to execute more collaborative efforts with other agencies.”

David’s Refuge is an organization committed to paying it forward by providing exposure to the right people and resources.

Clarise Coleman remains hopeful that more families will get the information necessary in caring for a loved one with special needs.

“I’m grateful for the connections to the various organizations that I was connected to, to teach me that, he doesn’t have to stay here, you can get him here.”

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