Needing support for programming and improvements for low income, supported living apartment for qualifying persons with disabilities.
A few parents of children with special needs reaching their young adult years had a dream. The dream was to help our children have as independent lives as they could possibly have just like any of us want for ourselves. This isn't so easy for people with disabilities to achieve because the options can be limited, particularly in rural communities. We live in a rural MN community with a population of approximately 11,000. We had choices in our area of group homes, foster care, or keeping our children at home with parents. Some of our kids have more capabilities than living in a foster home or a group home, and certainly would like to move away from moms and dads like any other kid when growing up.
Dreams usually don't become reality without effort. So, 5 years ago a small group of us in our community set out to learn about options and look for support. After much research we discovered Accessible Space Incorporated (ASI). ASI is a nonprofit assisted living option for very low income, qualifying disabled individuals. We partnered with them and set out to build an apartment building in Alexandria MN. ASI accomplished HUD approval to build a 15 unit apartment building which opened early 2011. No small feat.
HUD provides the bare-bones financial package. The structure is nothing extravagant, but everything functional. It is a dream come true, and a vision that became reality for many individuals and their families in our community. Two moms set out to help their children and, in the end, helped many, many families in our area. It is amazing to think we have a whole new option for 40+years in our community for safe, affordable, supported living for individuals with disabilities.
There has been support for this project from numerous community leaders (i.e. HRA, Public Health, Social Services, Mental Health Professionals, School District, Government Officials-local, regional, and state, Law Enforcement, just to name a few.)
Our goal is to raise enough money to create a fund that will allow Nordic Meadow to be self-sustaining financially. Your donation would help us tremendously to reach our goal and ensure programming and property needs are met. Club 34 is based upon the address of 410-34th Ave. Anyone donating $34+ will be "in the club".