For April, the unique needs that are a part of dealing with Prader-Willi Syndrome are best understood by the other women who live with her in a Mainstay home and her dedicated staff. Prader-Willi results from a chromosomal issue that causes an insatiable hunger and aberrant behavior requiring constant supervision and ongoing lifelong interventions.

Her roommates and the staff at Mainstay helped April adjust to her move here from Philadelphia in 2008. Today, April attends a day program, enjoys doing household chores, and learning new things. She has made friends by joining a bowling league, a theater group, and going to various dances and other social activities.

April’s witty sense of humor and charming personality, coupled with the structure of her Mainstay home, have helped her adjust and enjoy an extended family that cares for her each and every day.