HOUSING

A home of one’s own, either rented or owned, is the cornerstone of independence for any individual. Many people with disabilities face tremendous difficulties in getting and keeping adequate housing. They face obstacles like discrimination, inaccessible construction and unaffordable housing. There are many government supports for home ownership and rental housing to help you find a desired living arrangement.

Housing will probably be your largest monthly expenditure. Prior to living independently, one should develop a monthly budget that calculates income and expenses for housing, utilities, transportation, et cetera.

“Just as no two faces are alike, so are no two minds alike.”

B. Barakhot 58a

Local Resources

JARC

The Barry Clayman Group Home Program

Ten single family structures, located in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, FL accommodating six to eight adults, depending on licensing regulations

  • Individual, private bedrooms that are fully furnished
  • Large common areas for leisure and recreational use
  • Trained, nurturing care givers who are on staff whenever the home is occupied
  • Individual service plans designed to meet each person’s needs
  • Social, recreational and cultural programs in the evenings and weekends
  • Participation in daily living skills including meal preparation, laundry, and home maintenance

The Adolph and Rose Levis Apartment Program 

Designed for adults who do not require 24 hour supervision in order to lead fulfilling lives

Spacious two bedroom apartments with common living/dining areas

  • Supported living coach assists clients with skills such as budgeting/money management, paying bills, grocery shopping/meal preparation, medical, transportation
  • All clients receive individualized programs based on their needs
  • Participation in organized leisure skills, yet enough flexibility to plan their own activities with friends
  • Residential manager on staf

Melvin J & Claire Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service – is a partner agency of the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Group Homes:

Friedman Goldfeld Residence
Dekelboum Residence

Staffed by highly trained direct care professionals, JRFS’ Group Homes provide spacious accomodations, comfort, security, and 24-hour support for six to seven coed residents ages 21 and older. Each resident enjoys a private room with the ability to decorate and furnish to his or her individual liking.

Customized menus are prepared by a dietician to ensure all nutritional needs are met. Food is prepared in our kosher kitchens and then served family style.

Our residents participate in enriched social programming through various community and individual activities and actively participate in community work programs and volunteer opportunities. All aspects of our program are designed with documented individual goals, emphasizing improved functioning and increased independence across a variety of life skills. Staff are available at all times, for coaching, medication administration, support, and one-to-one encouragement.

The Apartment Program

Supported independent living at its finest! LJRFS’ apartment program caters to adults requiring some level of supervision, but able to be safe in their own apartments. Each resident lives in a spacious, one or two-bedroom apartment in an elegant, tropical apartment community complete with swimming pools, tennis courts, indoor racquetball and state-of-the- art fitness centers.

Each resident has an individualized care plan encompassing areas including nutrition, exercise, vocational goals, medical and psychiatric needs, in-home supports, finances, and interpersonal goals. Our care plans are carefully developed with the resident, staff, and input from the family. Residents have a primary care coordinator working with them to establish and successfully implement the individualized care plan. Our 24 hour support staff is on site where staff assists with medication management and encourages participation in an abundance of social experiences. Residents receive assistance in menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation as needed to maximize their potential and promote optimal functioning.

The Arc of Palm Beach County

The Arc operates four group homes located in typical residential communities throughout Palm Beach County. These houses, which look just like any other on their street, are designed to help adults over the age of 18 acquire the skills necessary to achieve their highest level of independence.

Each resident has a personal plan that identifies measurable, attainable goals, as well as strategies for achieving them. All four homes are staffed around the clock, however, during the day, every resident participates in a meaningful activity, including day programs or even competitive employment. Residents are also assigned common household chores, including keeping their rooms clean. In addition, the program provides rehabilitation services that offer supervised training activities to help residents acquire, maintain or improve upon skills related to daily living, such as personal hygiene, social skills necessary in order to enable individuals to reside in the community, and more.

Palm Beach Habilitation Center

The Palm Beach Habiliation Center owns and operates three group homes in Palm Beach County where individuals can receive residential skills training to maintain and improve their independence. The program provides a structured and supervised home-like environment that ensures each person’s basic needs are met. Proper nutrition and exercise are emphasized to assure that each person is living at their optimal level of health.  Community integration is encouraged and residents are provided with a choice of social activities to enrich their lives.

  • Amy’s House (shown below) opened in 2012 and is home to six adult women. The Key West-style home features individual bedrooms with private baths, great room, formal dining room, screened porch, enclosed garage, and a large yard and garden area.
  • The Babbette Wolff Residence  provides men and women participants with a home environment and skills training in order to maintain and improve their level of independence.
  • JB’s Ranch is the Center’s  first group home providing 12  male residents with a home environment and skills training.

United Community Options of  South Florida

There are nine group homes located in neighborhoods throughout Palm Beach County for adults and children. At our group homes, we offer a family-like environment and care for our consumers by trained staff. Life at one of our group homes is like that of any other home, our consumers have chores, eat meals and enjoy regular evening and weekend outings in the community like the South Florida Fair and trips to the zoo.

The goals of our group homes are to teach everyday living skills and maintain quality care for the individuals we serve including scheduling and accompanying to medical appointments and seeing to healthcare needs. Physical and occupational therapies are also provided as well as behavior assistance services. The objective is to teach our consumers to be as independent as possible in hopes that they can move on to supported living programs or other less restrictive environments.

There are nine group homes located in neighborhoods throughout Palm Beach County for adults and children. At our group homes, we offer a family-like environment and care for our consumers by trained staff. Life at one of our group homes is like that of any other home, our consumers have chores, eat meals and enjoy regular evening and weekend outings in the community like the South Florida Fair and trips to the zoo.

The goals of our group homes are to teach everyday living skills and maintain quality care for the individuals we serve including scheduling and accompanying to medical appointments and seeing to healthcare needs. Physical and occupational therapies are also provided as well as behavior assistance services. The objective is to teach our consumers to be as independent as possible in hopes that they can move on to supported living programs or other less restrictive environments.

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