Youth Care And Beyond Enhancing Lives

The activity begins to pick up around 3:30 on weekday afternoons at the Youth Care and Beyond apartment office. That's when clients are normally returning home from work.

The agency has been serving individuals in the Metro with mild and moderate developmental and intellectual disabilities for more than 30 years.

Karla Lukowski first began learning social and life skills in one of the three Youth Care and Beyond group homes and progressed into apartment living.

In a few months Karla, who works at Hy Vee, will advance to independent living which is the goal of Youth Care and Beyond.

"I've never lived alone," she said in an interview with Channel 6 News.

26-year old Amanda Geer is also a client of the agency and is thankful for the chance to live in an apartment for the first time.

Included in her bedroom is her DVD collection. "I like history, I like to learn," she said.

Amanda works at Wendy's and part of the learning experience is how to manage her money, which Amanda admits is not easy.

Her mother, Renee Starke said she is pleased with her daughter's progress. "She's done really well in this program."

Youth Care and Beyond serves a large number of clients but Executive Director Tracey Lynn Pearson told Channel 6 they currently have room for more in the program.

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