Generous Award for Renovations

The Arc of Delaware receives generous donation for accessibility renovations

The Longwood Foundation has generously awarded The Arc of Delaware $96,900 to make accessibility renovations to ten 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 theresidents 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. They, like most of the population, want to “age in place.” They don’t want to leave the home they have lived in for many years.

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.

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