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22 October, 2013
Queensland Minister for Disability Services the Hon Tracy Davis MP and Endeavour Foundation CEO David Barbagallo have officially opened two modern and accessible houses for people with a disability on the Sunshine Coast.
The new development at Pelican Waters is part of Endeavour Foundation’s ambitious, self-funded At Home With Choices project to upgrade and redevelop residential accommodation support into contemporary homes with a maximum of four tenants.
Mr Barbagallo said the two five-bedroom houses will accommodate eight people with a disability. Additional bedrooms will be used for support staff.
Endeavour Foundation Executive General Manager – Disability Services Gail Davidson said that by providing homes with fewer tenants Endeavour Foundation is able to offer a better lifestyle for people with a disability.
"People will have greater choice about where they live and who they live with and greater opportunities for independent living skill development within a supportive environment," Ms Davidson said.
Mr Barbagallo said the new houses in Pelican Waters were universally accessible and equipped with five kilowatt solar power systems to reduce costs and carbon emissions. Assistive living technologies such as door sensors, help alarms and panic buttons will promote greater independence for residents and a safe living environment," he said.
"Including the land purchase, construction and furnishings, these two houses represent a $1.2 million commitment in the Sunshine Coast region by Endeavour Foundation. This year we expect to spend around $8 million on building and refurbishing houses and services," said Mr Barbagallo.
Ongoing support funding for residents in the new Pelican Waters houses will be provided by the Queensland Government.
Endeavour Foundation has been in the Sunshine Coast for almost 50 years and supports people with a disability in more than 430 placements in the region. It provides supported accommodation, in-home support, post-school education and day support offering learning and lifestyle options.
The not-for-profit organisation provides supported employment for 81 people with a disability in Maroochydore and operates 10 Recycled clothing stores on the Sunshine Coast to raise vital funds.
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation providing support to people with a disability in more than 3,700 placements from 230 locations throughout Queensland and in Sydney. These include accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.
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