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Endeavour Foundation clients and CEO David Barbagallo have “turned the sod”, kick-starting the construction of three modern four-bedroom houses for people with a disability, south of Maryborough.
The houses in Tinana are part of Endeavour Foundation’s ambitious, self-funded ‘No More Than 4 Beds’ project to upgrade and develop residential services into contemporary homes with no more than four co-tenants.
The program will deliver 300 bedrooms in brand new homes for Endeavour Foundation clients, in just eight years.
Mr Barbagallo said the three new houses will accommodate ten people with a disability, allowing Endeavour Foundation to ensure all accommodation services in Maryborough have four tenants or less. Additional bedrooms will be used to accommodate support staff.
“We can’t overstate how important this is. Our experience has shown us that by providing homes with fewer occupants we are able to offer a better lifestyle, more independence and greater flexibility for people with a disability,” Mr Barbagallo said.
“These universally accessible homes will have an optional suite of assistive technologies which can be tailored to suit the needs of any individual living there, including sensors to detect smoke and fire; entry and exit sensors; help alarms and panic buttons,” he said.
“With this technology we can continue tailoring a great environment with safety and independence for tenants as they begin to age.
“Including the land purchase, construction and furnishings, these new houses represent a $1.2M commitment in Maryborough by Endeavour Foundation.
“In the past financial year we spent almost $8M on new accommodation and facilities, and are on track to do the same in 2011-2012,” Mr Barbagallo said.
Endeavour Foundation has been in Maryborough for half a century and provides supported accommodation, in-home support, post-school education, training and day services for 50 people with a disability locally.
We also provide supported employment for 53 local residents and operate the Endeavour Foundation Recycled Clothing Store to provide vital funds for disability support services.
Established in 1951, Endeavour Foundation provides accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities for more than 3,350 people with a disability at 230 locations in Queensland and New South Wales.
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