Supporting people with disability to live independently
29 August 2012
NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance and Member for The Entrance Chris Spence today officially opened 'Rainbow Haven' in North Gosford, which provides supported accommodation for 12 people with disability.
The NSW Government invested $3 million for the development on Henry Parry Drive, which is run by the Samaritans Foundation, and contains six units with two beds in each.
"This development recognises the NSW Government's commitment to expanding supported accommodation, ensuring people with disability have the same standard of living as the rest of the community," Mr Constance said.
"An important part of providing quality services is ensuring that there are modern facilities and appropriate accommodation available for all members of the community."
"Organisations like the Samaritans Foundation truly enhance the lives of the people they support, by creating a more inclusive environment where everyone has a sense of belonging."
Member for The Entrance Chris Spence said it’s great to see the residents settling into their new home.
"Rainbow Haven is a mini-community where each resident has their own space to live and decorate as they like, while they also share a backyard space and a communal barbeque area," Mr Spence said.
"I'm sure the residents will enjoy their new surrounds where they will be supported to live independent lives."
Samaritans is one of Australia's largest regional welfare organisations, operating on the East Coast of NSW, providing a range of services to people with disability, including day programs, respite, recreational activities, supported independence programs and older parent carer programs.
For more information about Samaritans, visit www.samaritans.org.au.