COMMUNITY Living and Respite Services’ newest project for people with a disability was officially opened on Sunday night.
The third Opening Doors Project involved the two-year development of a four-bedroom home and two one-bedroom units at Maiden St, Moama.
But due to the COVID-19 restrictions, CLRS was unable to host an official opening on-site.
“Instead we have created a virtual tour of the development which showcases the fantastic design, the clever technology and the wonderful opportunities for independence,” CLRS chief executive Leah Taaffe said.
The virtual tour was launched on the CLRS Facebook page on Sunday night, June 21, and is also available on the YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/CLRSYouTube
Ms Taaffe said the Maiden St home was designed to provide 24-hour on-site support for three people and the independent living units were suitable for one to two people who required support throughout the day or evening.
“This home and units have been specifically designed to maximise independence for people with disability, are centrally located, close to public transport and community facilities,” she said.
“Our units include automation to allow greater control over the home environment.”
The project has been designed by Brandrick Architects to meet the platinum level of Livable Housing Design Guidelines and the high physical support level of Specialist Disability Housing requirements.
The buildings have been built to a very high standard by AV builders.
“We have been lucky to receive so much support from local businesses, one of those being Echuca Metaland who donated the roofs of the entire Maiden St development – topping it off beautifully,” Ms Taaffe said.
“The Opening Doors Projects would not be possible without the incredible support of our community.
“To date the Opening Doors Projects have enabled 17 people with disabilities to live independently in the community and with our next project already in the pipeline at Barry St in Echuca, we are looking forward to supporting even more people into the future.”
The community has taken part in Run Melbourne as part of the Johnno’s Run team over the past six years, raising $363,545 for the Opening Doors Project during that time.
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the Johnno’s Run team will host a virtual event on Sunday, July 26.
Echuca Printers is holding a Johnno’s Run hoodie fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the project.
“Each year our annual dinner in February also raises funds which goes to support the project,” Ms Taaffe said.
For information or become involved in the Opening Doors Projects, contact Ms Taaffe on 5480 2388.
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