by Fred Renter on June 25, 2013

There’s a lot going on at IEI these days.

A New Administrative Office
In November 2012, IEI moved into its first real administrative office and because of the move it enable us to do some remodeling for people we support.

Remodeling Tomahawk Place
Our Tomahawk Place home, the previous location of IEI’s administrative office, was remodeled to create a second apartment. Both the existing and the new apartments were individually designed, fully wheelchair accessible, with private living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen is shared. Additionally, another separate section of the home became two office spaces for management level staff. The new apartment is now the residence of a person we already support who has always liked living in an individualized setting.

A New Person to Support
After we moved the administrative office and the new apartment was occupied, we were able to add our 22nd person with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to one of our other homes.

A New Home Soon
IEI is also laying plans for the development of a new home in 2013. This home will be developed for three people and will be specifically designed to meet the needs of people with I/DD who are also hearing impaired. Over the past five years we’ve developed significant expertise in this area, which has prepared us nicely to put the dream of a specialized home in place. We hope to defray part of the costs involved in this project with grant money.

Employment and Day Support
Early in 2013, IEI was licensed to provide employment and day support. This gives us the opportunity to provide those services to five people we already support residentially.  These individuals are either retired or require highly specialized individual behavioral support.