Jinki is always laughing joyfully. He’s multi-talented, too. He knows how to hip-hop dance moves, and can say “thank-you” in five different languages. He came to the United States from South Korea in 2002 with his family. In Korea, programs for people with developmental disabilities were scarce, so he spent a lot of time with his family and didn’t have many opportunities to make friends. When he first came to the United States he lived a group home, where he was unhappy because it was managed poorly and was always dirty.
When he moved in to Greater Opportunities’ Cortez Apartments from his group home, he was paired with two other young men with developmental disabilities, and the three became fast friends. He loves talking and interacting with people, and says he’s friends with everyone at the Cortez Apartments. He enjoys living with his roommates and being able to play video games on their PS 4. Some of his favorite games are Thief, The Evil Within, The Last of Us, and Sniper Ally.
While living at the Cortez Apartments, Jinki takes classes in emotion management and budgeting, and learns household management skills such as house cleaning and laundry. His favorite class is cooking class, and he says he’s not a picky eater because he will eat anything and everything. He can make spaghetti, chicken, and pizza, but he likes making pizza the best because it’s one of his favorite foods. His other favorite food is Korean BBQ!
The staff at the Cortez Apartments works closely with Jinki to improve his English and to develop his social and communication skills. Everyone at the Cortez Apartments loves Jinki’s enthusiasm and happiness, and says he’s a great addition to the community. Jinki says that he wakes up every day happy to learn new things and spend time with the wonderful friends he’s made, and he can’t imagine it any other way.