The Windsor couple is opening supportive shelters for disabled adults

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Jessica Godette began to think of a supportive lifestyle for adults with different abilities when she realized that this was a problem her family was also facing.

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This prompted him and his partner Chris Elliott to buy a Windsor home with the intention of renting to disabled adults and providing a supportive but independent living environment.

“We now want to hire people who are in the same situation as my brother: those who are looking for the next step of independence but need a little more support than just going to their own apartment,” Godette said.

That idea became Kind Minds House, supported by Kind Minds, the couple’s non-profit organization.

Kind Minds began in January 2020, with programs focused on improving mental health and mentoring future community leaders, including adaptive biking and adaptive skating for people of all ages with disabilities.

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Godette said the home would meet many of the challenges people with different skills face when looking to live independently: help needed for groceries and household, as well as some morning and evening guidelines for day and group exercises and outings.

Godet says the Windsor community has been incredibly helpful in helping them decorate their homes and they are still looking for volunteers to help with the house.

Although this is still early days – Goddard said he and Elliott had taken over what would become Kind Minds House on Wednesday – they expect the house to have five people, probably starting with women.

“Today we are decorating the house and in the next few weeks we will be painting and bringing it to the standard we want when we bring guests,” he said. “We will be ready to relocate the residents as soon as the New Year, so we will work very hard during the holiday break and get it ready.”

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Gaudette and Elliott, as well as other volunteers, will provide morning and evening support, help with house cleaning and grocery shopping. The ideal candidate is one who is able to live independently and take care of himself but wants to be in a supportive environment with others and needs some help with household chores.

“We just want to support them and give them the feeling of their community and their own small family at home and involve them to help facilitate that freedom.

“It’s irresistible how helpful the community has been.”

ksaylors@postmedia.com

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