On With Life's Supported Community Living
(SCL) program was created in 1998 to
allow those who have experienced a brain
injury or other neurological impairment to
maintain and improve their independence.
Staff at SCL work together with persons
served, families and case managers to
develop a plan focused on maximizing
personal skills. Services are provided in
Polk, Warren, Jasper, Story, Dallas, Marion
and other Central Iowa counties.
A major contributor to the program's
success, Laura Martin, has enjoyed the
uniqueness of the job in her 11 years as an
"I love the variety. I can wake up in
the morning knowing that every day is
different," said Laura. "Having the chance
to share that feeling of accomplishment
with the persons served, and see their
appreciation, is one of the most rewarding
parts of my career."
Laura works closely with our persons
served to help them find independence and
build relationships in the community. A day
might include relearning household chores,
budgeting, cooking, and setting goals
and appointments. SCL specialists work
with persons served to attend community
outings including I-Cubs games, the Annual
Reunion, Adventureland, and the State Fair.
When Laura is not working she enjoys
spending time with her children, biking and scrapbooking.