Olympic Neighbors

A nonprofit organization

$3,393 raised by 31 donors

85% complete

$4,000 Goal

Mission

Creating Home and Community For People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Description

Olympic Neighbors is a startup nonprofit created to address the lack of affordable housing options for adults with developmental disabilities.

As parents age and can no longer care for their adult children with developmental disabilities they need safe, affordable housing supports in the community.

Olympic Neighbors is currently operating the only adult family home for this population in all of Jefferson County. Adult family homes are a cost-effective and inclusive model that is used through out the country. It lets people with developmental disabilities live in regular homes in regular neighbors with the staff support they need to be happy, healthy and a part of their local community.


Prior to Covid-19, all residents were employed, taking classes or engaged in routine weekly volunteer jobs. They have developed hobbies and interest, they participate in events and clubs, and have friends and other meaningful relationships. While life looks a little different these days, residents remain healthy, happy and engaged and are seen as contributing members of the community. We are happy to report that despite having to cancel many in-person fundraising events, through the support of generous donors and online fundraising we have been able to maintain employment for all of our staff and to keep services going without any disruptions. While it hasn't been an easy year, we have been able to get through it with the help and generosity of our community.

At this time, Washington State is near the bottom in the nation for funding for services for people with developmental disabilities. Without more services like ours, people with developmental disabilities are at risk of becoming homeless or forced to live in an institution. We hope the success of our program will inspire other organizations to develop these much needed services and allow us to grow our program and help more people.

Your support can help make that possible.

Olympic Neighbors provides additional services such as Healthy Relationship and Sexual Health courses to adults with developmental disabilities. This population is 7 times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault. Olympic Neighbors also hosts monthly events that are designed to build inclusion and diversity within the community. Events include game nights, dance parties, karaoke, BBQ's, potlucks and movies. They are free to the entire community and give people with and without disabilities the opportunity to interact in a supportive environment. These events are temporarily suspended based on Covid-19 safety precautions.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Olympic Neighbors

Tax id (EIN)

27-4404107

Category

Housing & Shelter

Demographics

Individuals with Disabilities

Address

PO Box 1923
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Service areas 0

Jefferson County, WA, US

Phone

360-344-2190

Social Media 0

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