A non-profit organization opens a second home for people with disabilities
For 21-year-old Brandon Poore, the ability to live in his own space – where he can gain some independence from his parents – has been a dream.
However, this dream will soon come true.
This is because he will become one of the residents of a house in Forest Glade, recently purchased by Kind Minds.
It is the second home of this type, owned by the non-profit organization. On Sunday, people had the opportunity to get a first-hand look inside the property during an open house.
Earlier this year, Kind Minds opened its first supportive residence in the Fountainbleu area of Windsor.
While the Fountainbleu house is for women only, the Forest Glade property will be occupied by men.
At an open house on Sunday, Poore had the opportunity to tour her future home. He tells CTV News Windsor that he’s been trying to find his own place since February, but it’s been difficult.
“Because there aren’t a lot of affordable homes in Windsor-Essex,” Poore said.
That’s exactly the gap Kind Minds is trying to bridge through its two homes, according to co-founder Jessica Gaudette.
“We’re trying to target the population that might not have a chance on a decades-long waiting list and so we’re trying to offer a model and a step towards independent living,” she says.
Kind Minds runs a program for residents of its two homes where volunteers come to help them learn general life skills.
For Gaudette, residents of the second home will reap the benefits of lessons learned from the nonprofit’s experience with the first home.
“We definitely solved the problem… when we need our volunteers there, which we think works better in the evening instead of splitting them between a morning and evening shift,” says Gaudette, adding that Kind Minds provides meals for all of its residents.
She adds, “But one of the other challenges was grocery shopping, looking at what works for residents and how to budget.”
According to Gaudette, Kind Minds has hired a housekeeper to help with linen changes “so residents have a more hygienic home to live in.”
The need for suitable housing for this demographic is high, she adds.
“People who function well may not be accepted into a home where they also need more needs,” she says. “So we’re trying to fill that void and give them the opportunity to live outside of their parents’ home.”
As for Poore, he says, although he is happy to live on his own, his parents will remain close by, able to watch him accomplish his goals.
“Having a job. Doing community things. I feel good,” he says.
Applications are open for anyone interested in becoming a tenant of the Kind Minds Forest Glade house.
The association’s women’s home in Fountainbleu also has a room available.