In August, the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Lady Mayoress Mrs Anne Quirk awarded FoundationH $250,000 to complete four custom-designed houses that will become a permanent home for sixteen young people with disabilities who want to live independently of their families, but not live in isolation from their communities.
The launch was held at FoundationH's flagship Mitchelton project site, which brings disability housing to communities where they are needed most.
FoundationH is the charitable arm of the social enterprise organisation, HELP Enterprises. HELP Enterprises runs commercial businesses that employ people with disabilities, allowing these people to earn money and contribute to society. FoundationH completes this circle of support for people living with disabilities by building homes and support centres for people who need extra care.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust supported charities that assisted people suffering from disability, homelessness, mental illness or trauma and FoundationH epitomised this vision.
“For more than 50 years, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust fundraising efforts have improved the wellbeing of the most marginalised, vulnerable members of the Brisbane community and I am proud that a grant from the trust has been able to support the building of these facilities,” Cr Quirk said.
“This year the Charitable Trust, headed by the Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk is proud to donate $250,000 to FoundationH to help them continue their work supporting and caring for families of people with disabilities.”
FoundationH Executive Manager Laura Chown said HELP Enterprises had been supporting families of people with disabilities for more than 45 years in Brisbane and it was this deep understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and their families that made FoundationH so unique.
“Our residents live in purpose-built, suburban accommodation with en-suite rooms and a live-in carer if required, giving families peace-of-mind and residents a place to be independent and call home.” Ms Chown said.
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More information on the project will be posted on the website as the project proceeds.