Billie George, 66, sits on the edge of her bed waiting for help with her shoes. Her ride to church will arrive soon, and she is eager to go. Her live-in caregiver,Linda Kirksey, offers last-minute reminders.
“This necklace makes you look so pretty. Do you have your pocketbook? Your lunch is ready to go. ”
Two years ago, George didn’t like to attend church. Mentally challenged because her mother drank alcohol while pregnant, George found neither comfort nor inspiration from attending traditional worship services.
“It’s hard,” says Kirksey. “I would take her to my church. Sometimes she would speak out and then she would be embarrassed, or she just wasn’t sure what she should or shouldn’t do.”