Jalisa’s Story

Jalisa’s Story


Jalisa is deaf, mute and lives with Cerebral Palsy.image27

After she finished high school, her parents were in a bind and not sure how to take care of their daughter and her needs. Both of them worked full time and her older sister attended college out of town.

There was no place for Jalisa to go during the day. Her parents were faced with a very difficult decision—should one of them quite their full-time job to take care of her.

Then one day Jalisa’s mom heard about The Ballington Center, an adult day health program operated by Volutneers of America.

Named for our co-founder, Ballington Booth, the day center is committed to serving God by serving others.

At the center, adults with disabilities enjoy a fun, safe environment including two hot meals a day, an exercise class, a daily devotional, and a registered nurse to monitor vital signs and medications.

Jalisa also practices sign language at the center and she is teaching others how to communicate with her using an iN2L (It’s Never Too Late) program.

This one of a kind technology is on a 70-inch touch screen television and has over 4,000 activities and programs allowing clients, like Jalisa, to interact and learn in a new, exciting way.

Today, Jalisa’s parents are both able to continue working and they know she is happy and healthy

For more information about our adult day health program, visit https://voanorthla.org/north-louisiana-programs/senior-services/ballington-center/.



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