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Endeavour Foundation clients and CEO David Barbagallo have turned the first sod in the construction of two modern houses for people with a disability on the Sunshine Coast, with local MP and Minister Mark McArdle.
The new development at Pelican Waters is part of Endeavour Foundation’s ambitious, self-funded At Home With Choices project to upgrade and deliver residential services 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. “By providing homes with fewer tenants we are able to offer a better lifestyle for people with a disability,” said Mr Barbagallo.
“Residents 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.” Mr Barbagallo said the new houses in Pelican Waters will be universally accessible and will be equipped with 5 kilowatt solar power systems to reduce costs and carbon emissions.
“Assistive living technologies such as entry and exit sensors, help alarms and panic buttons will promote greater independence for residents and a safe living environment,” he added. “Including the land purchase, construction and furnishings, these two houses represent a $1.2 million commitment in the Sunshine Coast region by Endeavour Foundation,” said Mr Barbagallo. “This year we expect to spend around $8 million on building and refurbishing houses and services.” Ongoing support funds 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 services 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.
TURNING THE SOD: Pictured (from left) is Minister Mark McArdle with Valma Martin, Graeme Loveday and CEO David Barbagallo