Story of My Life

“What makes us human is not our mind but our heart,” said the theologian Henri Nouwen, "it is not our ability to think but our ability to love.” This was the grounding from which we began our work with the residents of Group Homes of Forsyth. Wake Forest University provided project funding.


  1. Ghree's Story: A Fish in Water
  2. Ghree Lockard is one tough cookie. At 16, a diagnosis of cerebral palsy finally helped explain why she struggled to keep her balance. "She's fallen all of her life," her grandmother says. "She just gets right up, never sheds a tear, brushes herself off and goes right on." Ghree is a powerful and outspoken advocate for her fellow group-home residents.
  3. A traumatic brain injury, the result of an automobile accident, changed the shape of Cecelia Henry's life when she was six years old. She defied the doctors' predictions that she would never walk or talk again, and today Cecelia is a prolific writer. Whether or not you believe in angels, to be in Cecelia’s presence is to be with someone for whom the noise and conflict of everyday life is meaningless.
  4. Where does music come from? Listen to James Loudermilk, and you'll know it comes straight from the heart. James is one of the residents of Group Homes of Forsyth.
  5. Greg Silvernail's wide-open spirit and energy is evident the first time you meet him, and you had better be willing to live at a sprint when you’re with him. 
  6. How do you tell the story of your life without words? "You have to listen with your heart," says John Linville's sister. Meet John.
  7. Before Karen Lash found her way to Group Homes of Forsyth in her 20s, life was hard. But today, she and her two roommates share a home they own. "Things were bad back then," she says, "but I'm over that now. I'm living a good life."