REENA: HELPING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES LIVE INDEPENDENTLY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Moving into a place of your own is scary and exciting and something that we all look forward to.
Most of us assume that we’ll reach this milestone, and pass through it, with no more than some mild upset and a period of adjustment. And for most of us, this is true.
However, for people who live with a disability, leaving home can be much more complicated. They may need personal care, medical equipment, assistive devices, and modifications to live independently. They also need social interaction, a peer group, and friends.
Finding all these things in the same place can be very difficult.
That’s what makes the Reena Community Residence in Vaughn so unique. Designed as an Intentional Community for individuals with special needs, the residents are truly integrated into the community as they access all the facilities and programs the campus and local community has to offer.
At the Reena Community Residence, Reena serves adults and seniors with a range of special needs, including young people moving out of the family home for the first time. The focus is on building community, and connecting with family, friends, and neighbours to share a meaningful, engaged life. Most significantly, residents range from their 20s to their 80s. That means younger and middle-aged adults can find peers and friends their own age.
It’s hard to over-estimate the importance of an active social life, and the network of support that comes with it. Places like the Reena Community Residence make sure that young people living with a disability can connect with peers and friends who understand the unique challenges they experience every day, and the rewards that come with meeting them.
You can find out more about Reena, the Reena Community Residence, and the role MODC and its partners play there, at reena.org.
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with physical disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across Canada. For more information, please visit www.marchofdimes.ca or call 1-800-263-3463.