“You can build a house, but helping people with disabilities be part of a community, that’s what makes it really special.”
TOLEDO – Sixteen men and women with developmental disabilities are set to have a new home next year.
It’s all part of A $3.5 Million project.
It’s a relationship that started about a year ago with Little Flower Catholic Parish and Sunshine Communities.
It’s a way to build homes for people who need extra help getting through life.
Just an open field right now. But soon construction will begin for two homes right by Little Flower Catholic Parish.
Individuals who currently live in a large facility in Maumee will be able to decide if they want to move to Toledo.
Many of them have multiple physical care needs, and require a fair amount of support from the sunshine staff.
Once completed, this smaller, new community will give people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to actively participate in the broader community.
The goal of the project is to cut down on the number of people at the main facility and make it easier for people to develop new friendships and social connections at the new homes.
Father David Nuss of Little Flower says the location will help enrich the lives of those who move in next year.
He explains, “We have lots of activities that are happening here at St Benedict Catholic School and Little Flower Catholic Parish. As you can see, ball fields and soccer fields, and the new homes that are being build will face these fields, and the sounds and the sights of children having fun and athletic competition and families gathering will all be on display for the residents of Sunshine.”
Betty Holland, CEO of Sunshine Communities adds, “You can build a house, but helping people with disabilities be part of a community, that’s what makes it really special.”
The three and a half million dollar plan will ultimately pay for five homes. Two of them will be on the grounds of the parish, and will house a total of sixteen people.