Our new name, Arrowleaf, holds a lot of meaning in our community. The arrowleaf plant is indigenous to Southern Illinois and the Shawnee National Forest region. Thriving in adverse conditions of sand and gravel, this plant is both beautiful and resilient, just like the people we work with who overcome adversity and find ways to fulfill their potential despite the challenges they face. In the stories below, we celebrate our people, our staff, and our community.
Isaiah has a had a lot of firsts lately. His first day of college, his first apartment, and the first time that he has felt exceptionally excited about his future. Yet, just a few years ago Isaiah couldn’t image a future that bright. Throughout high school, Isaiah struggled with depression and fitting in with his peers.
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Meet James “Dillard” Alsip, our newest resident at Autumn Ridge Supportive Living. Dillard was born and raised In Vienna. The only time he left our area was to pursue his career in construction, which is the field he worked in for 43 years. He found his time in construction very rewarding as he has always enjoyed working with his hands. Dillard is proud of his hometown and has many friends that still live in the area.
Dolores Boyd is a longtime resident of Autumn Ridge, 9 years to be exact. She is the president of our resident council and is active in the social scene at Autumn Ridge. Dolores is responsible for planning and leading a weekly craft class where she instructs fellow residents in crochet skills and other yarn crafts. She is very devoted to life at Autumn Ridge and is always a welcome face to newcomers.
Let us introduce you to Pat Calvin. Pat has lived at Autumn Ridge for almost a year. She grew up in Mounds City which is in the very southern part of Illinois. After graduating high school, Pat and her sister both began working for the local telephone company. Pat met James, who later became her husband in September of 1958; they moved to Mounds which is where they made their home.
Pauline Gholson is a fairly new resident at Autumn Ridge Supportive Living, but a pillar in the community. She grew up in Broughton, Illinois where she lived with her grandparents, mother and brother. Pauline was fond of her upbringing with her grandparents and shared stories of working with her grandmother and brother bailing hay on the farm. She went on to say that her grandmother taught her how to cook when she was just 7 years old, which is hobby that has stuck with her for her entire life.