A new construction project in Sheldon, Iowa is helping to improve the quality of life for a number of Siouxland residents.
Village Northwest Unlimited broke ground Monday on its newest development of intermediate care facilities.
The new homes will provide residential and vocational services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each home will have six bedrooms with a private bathroom, and a track system to safely lift residents with physical disabilities. The new homes will have an open concept, so people in wheelchairs can move around freely.
"Our mission here at the Village is about purpose, privacy and dignity and these two homes that were going to be constructing are all about meeting that mission," said CEO Barry Whitsell. "It provides the people that we serve with the dignity and the privacy that they need it for the care, it also provides a home environment."
The current homes on campus were built about 40 years ago, each housing 12 residents. The Village's CEO said the smaller six person homes provide a more intimate atmosphere with better individualized care for residents. The Village's director of advancement said she enjoys being apart of an organization that goes out of its way to help others.
"I think it's just the compassion that we all have," said Director of Advancement Stacie Jorgensen. "Like I said, they become a part of our family. You definitely want to do your best for them. So, here that's what we strive to do what is the best for each individual that we serve."
The first two homes will be ready for residents to move-in sometime next year.
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