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A Sad Farewell to a TMI Client of More Than 10 Years

Updated: Jun 29, 2021

Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) said a sad final farewell to our client, Randy, who passed away in the early morning on January 19, 2020. A TMI Independent Living (IL) client for more than 10 years, he was a funny, respectful and very proud gentleman who took great pride in his independence.

The TMI IL program assists individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible at home with the necessary support. TMI assisted Randy with receiving Social Security, Medi-Cal and Medicare benefits, and helped him with finding his first new apartment.

“Randy is someone that crosses your path for a moment and leaves his prints for the rest of your life,” said TMI Case Manager Keltoum Cherki. “He looked forward to his quarterly and annual meetings with his TMI support team. Randy used to send text messages to his IL team reminding them that he is looking forward to seeing them.”

Randy worked on a military base for eight years loading food on to the naval ships. He was a very dedicated and hard worker, who loved his job. It allowed him to live independently for the first time. He was able to manage his own household until he passed away.

Randy was a huge fan of dining out and loved spending the holidays with his family. Randy is survived by his father and two sisters.

(Randy with family at church)

“Randy had a great sense of humor and could always put a smile on your face even during his last moments,” added Keltoum. “He will never be forgotten.”

May he rest in peace.


Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the deaf and hard of hearing since 2000. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. To stay connected with us follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.


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