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AWARE Ink Newsletter

Connie’s Inspiring Journey Through Case Management 

In the heart of Missoula resides Connie Lewis, a testament to the transformative power of support services coupled with determination. Since 1997, Connie has embodied resilience, community, and the pursuit of independence, showcasing the powerful impact of AWARE’s case management services. 



Connie's love for Missoula runs deep and is fueled by an abundance of opportunities. Unlike her previous experiences in Hamilton and Stevensville, Missoula offers her a sense of belonging and limitless potential. From exploring local eateries to cultivating her community garden, Connie thrives in this environment. 


Initially reliant on buses and walking, Connie had a dream of learning to drive —a goal she successfully achieved in 2002. With the unwavering support of AWARE, Connie transformed her dream into reality, and she now navigates the roads with confidence and freedom. Her new Kia, outfitted with custom modifications like left foot pedals and a steering knob, symbolizes not just transportation freedom but also empowerment and autonomy. 

Beyond her personal milestones, Connie is a beacon of community engagement and service. As a People First advisor and dedicated volunteer at the food bank, she uplifts those around her, embodying the spirit of generosity and compassion. Whether it's advocating for disability rights or lending a helping hand to those in need, Connie's impact reverberates far and wide, enriching the lives of countless individuals. 


One of Connie's recent endeavors involved spearheading a groundbreaking linkage project aimed at improving healthcare access for individuals with disabilities. Recognizing the systemic barriers and challenges faced by her community, she championed initiatives to enhance communication between patients and medical providers. Through her advocacy and leadership, Connie is paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable healthcare system, ensuring that no one is left behind. 


Connie's journey is not just about personal triumphs; it's about paying it forward and inspiring others to pursue their dreams. Whether it's achieving second place in a weight loss competition or simply being a friend to those in need, she embodies the values of resilience, kindness, and determination. 


As we celebrate Connie's achievements, let us also reflect on the profound impact of case management services in empowering individuals towards independence. Through personalized support, advocacy, and community engagement, we can all play a part in creating a more inclusive and accessible society. 


Connie's journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of support and determination. Her story reminds us that with the right resources, guidance, and determination, anything is possible. Let us continue to champion the cause of independence and inclusivity, ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to thrive and succeed. 


**To learn more about AWARE’s Case Management Services, please click here. 

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