Ricky's dad told us: "When my wife and I told Ricky, years ago, that he was going to have to lean to live away from us because we were getting older and would someday not be there for him anymore, he had a very hard time with that. I was about to retire and live in Northern California. Ricky lived in a couple of apartments and then moved into a HOME condo in 1995.
When he was first living away from home, he wouldn't even walk to the corner to put a letter in the mailbox unless I was watching. But with a chance to live independently, he really blossomed. Now he takes the bus to his maintenance job at UCLA all by himself and does his own banking and grocery shopping. I never thought he would be this independent. He loves his job and is obviously very happy living on his own. He doesn't even call us that often. We call him more than he calls us. He's growing up, and that makes me both sad and happy.
As you get older, you worry about how your children will do once you're gone. You don't want to think about such things but Ricky could have ended up homeless, wandering the streets. It's a dream come true to know that Ricky will always have a home."