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It was love at first sight.

Not many people know their true life’s passion when they are 12 years old, but Adela Rolle did. While she was growing up in Trinidad, a young boy with down syndrome moved in next door. Adela’s heart opened, and as she took him under her wing she found her true calling. Since then she has found a way to include her passion for working with individuals with disabilities into her life and when she found St. John’s Community Services 22 years ago, it was “love at first sight” Adela described.

Listen in as she shares touching memories and loving thoughts of her co-workers and the individuals she has supported over the years in this Advocated For All interview with Alan Thornton, SJCS President & CEO, during last week’s all-staff Town Hall meeting.

We will miss you, your passion and wonderful spirit Adela! Thank you for all of your years of service!

SJCS strongly believes that regardless of an individual’s circumstance, whether that be economic status, race, religion, age, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation or identity⁠—the people we serve, our employees and those we encounter in the communities we serve, deserve the right and opportunity to live their best lives. Our video series Advocates for All, are compilations of candid, personal and in-depth interviews with individuals sharing their experiences, ideas, and thoughts on what it means to be an advocate, an ally, and a member of our incredibly diverse community.

We are St. John’s Community Services and we are Advocates for All!

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