Jackie Siminitus

Jackie Siminitus

Gloria Brown

Gloria Brown

The “Smiths” had a child who developed a number of health issues as he grew, including a liver condition, diabetes, mental issues and Tourette syndrome (a condition of the nervous system that causes sudden twitches or “tics.”) One of the family’s main concerns was that their son would sometimes walk home from high school by himself. Several times the police stopped him. One officer who stopped him did not understand this young man was ill, suspecting he was on drugs. The only way his parents knew their son had been stopped by the police was because a neighbor told them.

Mrs. “Johnson” became the primary caregiver for her husband of 50 years when he developed Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s can change personalities. People diagnosed with this or any form of dementia can react with anger and defensiveness.

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Gloria Brown and Jackie Siminitus are two leaders in our community who combine great heart with a commitment to make real positive change. Thanks to you both for leading Project Guardian forward!🙏

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