Jenn lights up a room with her contagious smile, loves to be in the kitchen cooking and baking, and enjoys planning gatherings for her friends and family. She’s a strong woman, and a mother who loves spending every chance she gets with her family. Whether it is camping, playing card or video games, Jenn and her family cherish their family time.
Before she found Easterseals MORC, Jenn struggled for roughly 27 years with depression and anxiety.
“Easterseals MORC was able to give me a diagnosis,” Jenn said. “They taught me how to work through my struggles with my emotions and not let my diagnosis control me.”
Jenn found Easterseals MORC in 2020. However, it wasn’t for herself, but for her son who was receiving services at another provider. She explained the challenges and unnecessary struggles her family went through when a former provider failed to diagnose her son with autism; thus making it challenging to receive the help they needed.
“I called Easterseals MORC when I knew a change was needing to be made,” Jenn said. “Within a week, my son began the intake process, and we were matched with an amazing team who was there for us every step of the way.”
The day after her son was matched with an intake coordinator at Easterseals MORC, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Everything went into lockdown and appointments went virtual. While navigating the unknown, Easterseals MORC still provided services for Jenn’s son and others during this time.
Jenn mentioned she was impressed how well the staff connected with her son through a computer screen during their e-visits. Once the intake process was completed, Jenn’s son was matched with an Autism case manager who opened many doors to receive the help that was needed.
“Easterseals MORC was there for me at one of the darkest points in my life for my family,” Jenn said. “It felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders that somebody else saw what we saw.”
Seeing how much Easterseals MORC had helped her son in a short time, Jenn made the decision to get herself help as she had been battling depression and anxiety for most of her life.
Jenn said she learned important skills from her counselor that allowed her focus on herself and her boundaries as well as skills to become a better communicator.
“Easterseals MORC helped me give my symptoms a name,” Jenn said. “I still have my bad days but with the right meds I AM on the right track to being a better me for my son and husband. I couldn’t be more grateful for Easterseals MORC for giving us a chance.”