A Fort Wayne non-profit that helps adults with developmental disabilities, opened their first home to the public pn Saturday.
CASS Housing held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new home along Constance Avenue and held walkthroughs for the public. The house has two sides, one with three private suits and a shared kitchen and living area. The second side is for a caregiver.
This is the first house for the non-profit and was fully funded by private donations. The Founder and Executive Director David Buuk, started the organization back in May 2016 with a mission to help adults with developmental disabilities have more freedom.
“This is creating opprotunities for those that would otherwise have to live at home,” said Buuk.
Cameron Shomo, Dylan Wolf and Matt Manor will be the first three people to live in a CASS house. They became good friends playing basketball wtih Easter Seals ARC and now they can’t wait to move-in and be roommates.
“I’m so exicted. I can’t wait to be here,” said Shomo. “I just like the support and that they work with us and what we can do.”
Shomo, Manor, and Wolf all have jobs and will pay rent to live in the CASS house. Rents range from $300 to $800 a month depending on their income and disability income.
“They are all in their 20’s and the plan was for them to live with their parents so this is their chance to move out and be independent. ” Buuk said.
Buuk says the organization is now working to build three new apartments. They have already purchased the land and are now working to secure funding.
Come out and celebrate the opening of our first home! We’re thrilled to share this day with the countless people who made it possible!
The ceremony will start at 1p. Walkthroughs and an open house will follow until the party stops 🎉!
Parking is limited along Constance Ave. Parking may be available in the field behind the Cash America building (dependent on weather). Handicapped parking is available at Miracle Contracting next door.
CASS Housing is a nonprofit organization creating customized housing and support solutions for adults with developmental disabilities. If you’d like to learn more about the organization, please visit casshousing.org.