Warren has an unforgettable personality and leaves an impression on each person he meets. He’s joyful, curious, and exuberant! If you’re lucky enough to meet him, he’ll surely strike up a conversation about 70’s music or places he’s traveled.
Warren was diagnosed with autism at an early age. He spent most of his early years in foster care. He experienced developmental delays that impacted his social skills and ability to manage daily routines. Times were different then, and he did not receive the early interventions that would have helped him live independently.
After graduating from high school, Warren attended college and started working at a grocery store. When his foster mother died, he lost the only support system he ever had.
In the fall of 2020, Warren became homeless and came to our emergency for help. He worked closely with our team to get the long-term support he needed. While staying at the shelter, Warren received guidance on managing his resources, daily living skills, and counseling to improve his social skills.
One of the most important aspects of Warren’s transition to housing was to ensure he would have the support he needed to live independently. The case managers at SOS helped him enroll in services through the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Through the program, Warren receives help with daily tasks and rental assistance.
When he moved to his new apartment, it was bittersweet for both staff and guests. We all miss his infectious energy.
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Thanks to the staff at SOS, I finally have the long-term support I need.