The Longwood Foundation has generously awarded The Arc of Delaware $96,900 to make accessibility renovations to 10 community group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These renovations will allow the 38 residents to age in place.
The Arc of Delaware is one of the largest providers of housing for people with disabilities in Delaware. The Arc owns and maintains 81 group homes in all three of Delaware’s counties, and 322 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in those homes.
Making accessibility upgrades, as well as modernizing and renovating the homes, improves the quality of life of the residents and increases the likelihood that they will be able to age in place, rather than being forced to move to costly and unfamiliar nursing homes as they become ill and develop mobility issues. Nursing home staff is rarely trained in the care of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which increases the desirability of keeping the residents in their homes.
The Longwood Foundation, founded by Pierre S. du Pont in 1937, is dedicated to the people, environment, and communities of Delaware and southern Chester County in Pennsylvania.
The Arc of Delaware, founded in 1953, is a statewide, nonprofit organization devoted to improving and enhancing the quality of life for more than 30,000 Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Delaware supports its mission and its clients by providing housing, employment, case management and outreach, advocacy, self-advocacy and social programs. For further information, go to www.arcde.org or call 302-996-9400.