Thursday, April 21 2011
EVANSVILLE- It can be tough having a dependant family member who has special needs. Caregivers often get overwhelmed and need support. Jacob's Village has been providing adults with disabilities alternative living arrangements since October 2004.
The organization is funded through private donations and fees from people living there.
Currently, six people are calling Jacob's Village home. The facility has caregivers 24-hours a day, nature trails, a gazebo area, and a variety of activities. Jacob's Village offers services to families who are looking for alternative living options or a place for loved ones to go if a caretaker wants to get away for a weekend.
The organization plans to expand in May by building more housing units. Starting in the fall, it will offer services to senior citizen who can't live on there own.
Jacob's Village President Cheryl Kuchna says, "Initially we were focused on people with disabilities and we've learned about what needs there are in the community around us. It does appear that good, affordable, accessible housing options are in short supply, especially for seniors and people with disabilities, so we are kind of evolving our mission to provide additional housing choices right here in this neighborhood."
Jacob's Village has its biggest fundraiser on May 13th. The Otters baseball team hosts a game and all proceeds go to the organization.