New Community Home Opens in Cape Breton

first_imgSeven individuals with disabilities will get the support they need while living more independently with the opening of a community home in Port Hawkesbury, today, Oct. 29. Community-based homes provide necessary program and supports for people with disabilities while enhancing their ability to independently live, work and participate in their community. “This is a wonderful project as it was developed by the people of Port Hawkesbury,” said Community Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “This new home will make life better for the residents and their families who will know their loved one is receiving the support they need while living as independently as they can.” The house, called Shalom or place of peace, will be home to five people who require some level of care and includes an apartment for two people who can live on their own with minimal support. “As I enter Shalom and see my daughter there, I feel a sense of great peace,” said Theresa Aucoin. “I watch in awe as these individuals, their families and the staff all come together to live, work, and grow into one big extended family who support and look after each other. What was once a dream is now a real home for my daughter and her new friends.” The $800,000 house was funded by the Department of Community Services and will be staffed and operated by the Regional Occupational Centre Society. “The opening of Shalom is a dream come true for the people in our area,” said Tom Gunn, society board chair. “We have been working hard to provide the services and supports that people with disabilities in our community need. We are grateful to all those who have worked so hard to make this dream become a reality for those people who now call Shalom their home.” The Services for Persons with Disabilities Program serves children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities, long term mental illness and physical disabilities with community based services ranging from minimal support to residential living options. For more information go to

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