Opening doors to a brighter future after floods

Queensland Minister for Disability Services Tracy Davis, Endeavour Foundation clients and CEO David Barbagallo today opened two new houses providing greater independence and choice for seven people living with a disability.
 
The houses were built at a cost of $1.066 million including land and will promote independence through assistive technologies.
 
CEO David Barbagallo said that when devastating floodwaters hit in January 2011, Endeavour Foundation had moved quickly to ensure the safe evacuation of seven people with a disability from their long-time home overlooking the river at Goodna.
 
The homes in Durack were built earlier than originally planned, after the Goodna house was ruined by floodwaters reaching the second floor.
 
“Built as part of Endeavour Foundation’s self-funded At Home With Choices program, these new houses allow us to finally close the chapter on the summer of natural disasters,” Mr Barbagallo said.
 
“In replacing the damaged house I’m pleased that we’ve been able to build better, modern homes which will support social inclusion.
 
“Clients living here will continue to receive lifestyle support, thanks to ongoing support funding provided by the Queensland Government,” he said.
 
Smaller houses such as these cater for more individual choice and provide a great deal of scope for people with a disability who are keen to develop independent living skills.
 
The houses follow accessible design principles and incorporate technology which can be tailored to suit the needs of any individual living there, with optional environmental sensors; entry and exit sensors; help alarms and panic buttons.
 
“With this technology we can continue tailoring a great environment with safety and independence for tenants as they begin to age,” Mr Barbagallo said.
 
Endeavour Foundation’s At Home With Choices project has already seen the organisation build three new four-bedroom houses in Maryborough and three new three and four-bedroom houses at Redbank (assisted by a $200,000 donation from the RACQ Foundation).
 
The project is a commitment to upgrade and develop existing residential services into contemporary homes with no more than four co-tenants. The program aims to deliver 300 bedrooms in brand new homes for Endeavour Foundation clients, in just eight years.
 
“Some clients have been accommodated in large residential centres. For them, the move to a house with two or three other tenants has been a truly life-changing opportunity, and we want to make this available to as many people as possible,” Mr Barbagallo said.
 
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.

CONTACT:

Kirrily Boulton, Media & Communications Manager
Mob.0429 077 886, email k.boulton@endeavour.com.au