April 6, 2022 |

Meet April’s Spotlight Award Winner…Erin Walz!

Erin’s life dramatically changed in January 2020 when she accidentally broke her right ankle. At that time, she was living in her own apartment, but due to the nature of her injury, she was moved to Sitka.  And though she was working hard to regain her strength, accidents happen and Erin twisted her right ankle in August 2020, requiring a second surgery. As if that wasn’t enough, Erin had to quarantine in November, and she fell again in December, this time breaking her left ankle.  Needless to say, all of this took its toll on Erin’s mental health. 

At the beginning of 2021, Erin’s team branched out to include a Behavior Support Specialist. Together they implemented some new tools and techniques to help Erin with both her physical recovery and her mental health recovery while continuing to promote her independence.  And Erin is knocking it out of the park!  She has improved both her emotional and physical health!  She is able to walk with a walker now and continues to engage in physical therapy.  She is becoming a better friend and is working on managing her friendships. She has come a long way since January 2020, and continues to make progress every day!  

Congratulations, Erin, and keep up the awesome work!  

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