Efforts to ensure more people with disabilities have access to appropriate housing on the Darling Downs have been fast-tracked, thanks to a generous donation from a Masonic charity to YellowBridge QLD.
The $450,000 donation from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will enable the construction of a purpose-built three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, which will accommodate two people with disabilities and a carer.
The unit is one of four fully customised units being built by Enabled Living, which will meet individual needs, include assistive technology, and help empower residents to lead more independent lives.
YellowBridge QLD Chief Executive Officer Penny Hamilton said the donation couldn’t have come at a better time.
“We are in the midst of a disability housing crisis on the Darling Downs, where people with disabilities, especially those whose ageing parents can no longer look after them, have no-where to go,” Penny said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark, said the local Freemasons were vocal supporters of YellowBridge QLD, due to its proven record of supporting more than 4,000 people to lead more meaningful and connected lives each year.