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Footnote: Written by: Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West
A residential support proposal submitted to the Ministry of Community and Social Services by Community Living Campbellford/Brighton and the Keystone Community Supports Corporation has been approved for funding from the Ministry’s recently announced Innovation Fund.
The Province of Ontario will contribute annual funding of $672,000 to provide residential opportunities, as well as a much needed Respite component.
Keystone Community Supports Corporation is a family-based organization dedicated to finding housing solutions for people with intellectual disabilities and their families living in the County of Northumberland and beyond. The organization was incorporated in July 2006 and is governed by a volunteer Board of community minded individuals. It is also recognized as a Registered Charitable organization by the Government of Canada. Keystone will be working closely with Community Living Campbellford/Brighton, a fully funded service provider under the Ministry of Community and Social Services, who enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to work with families and help develop the Keystone initiative.
“I am so happy to be making this funding announcement today. Keystone started with a group of parents who wanted a special place a real “home away from home” for their loved ones. Keystone House was born out of a desire to create a place that was that real home away from home. Home means so many different things to so many different people, but we can all agree it means a place of love and security. For me, Keystone represents one of my highlights as M.P.P. It took a long time but we made it happened, None of us involved in Keystone ever doubted this day would come…and here it is.”
– Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West
“We are very pleased with the tireless advocacy of our M.P.P. Lou Rinaldi for all his efforts to make our dream of a Keystone House a reality for the residents and their families”.
– Colin Sanders, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Keystone Community Supports Corporation
Keystone Community Supports Corporation has supported this initiative by long-term fundraising that has produced capital dollars to build this home on Park Hills Drive, Cobourg, ON. This property was purchased from Leblanc Enterprises in February 2010. Start date of construction is September 20, 2011 with an anticipated tenancy date of January 2012. Community Living Campbellford/Brighton will be the direct service provider responsible for operations and resources required.
Keystone Community Supports Corporation will continue to play a meaningful role in terms of fundraising, community education, and advocacy related to the residential needs of people with intellectual disabilities.