Carinbundi is set to build a small complex of two four-bedroom homes for people with a disability after a large bequest was left to the local organisation.
The generous donation from a local Bundaberg family has also led to the launch of a charitable foundation.
Chair of Carinbundi Arthur Begeda said the organisation had today launched the Carinbundi Foundation with the sole purpose of raising funds to provide suitable properties for people living with a disability.
“Establishing the Foundation is the next chapter in the Carinbundi journey to ensure that people with a disability will have a home for life,” Mr Begeda said.
“It is not just about bricks and mortar. It is much more than that.
“Providing homes for people with disabilities brings dignity, freedom, safety and independence. It also brings peace of mind to families and loved ones.”
CEO Clive Pearce said people with disabilities and mental health issues were among the most vulnerable in our community.
“There is a significant risk that these people, without assistance, could face homelessness,” Mr Pearce said.
“Our research shows that people with disabilities want quality, affordable housing where they can be part of a small community, feel safe and secure and have the necessary support they need to live a full and happy life.
“The vision of the Foundation is to meet these needs.”
The Foundation will be looking to build small, boutique style homes or units which will enable people with a disability to live in a small, supportive environment with their friends.
At the same time, this housing model enables people to continue living as an integral part of the community.
Fundraising events support new foundation
Residents can support the foundation through two upcoming fundraising events.
The first is a trivia night at the Metro Hotel on Saturday 18 May, followed by a Christmas in July fundraising dinner on 5 July at the Brothers Sports Club.
Details are available on the Carinbundi Foundation Facebook page.
Carinbundi has been providing disability support in Bundaberg since 1995. This includes day service programs, overnight respite, flexible respite as well as vacation care and Supported Independent Living.
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