There’s a lot going on at IEI these days.
A New Administrative Office
We have just signed a lease agreement to occupy our first, actual office space ever! We hope to be moved in by the middle of November. At that point I will update the web page to provide you with the new address and any other details you’ll need to know to contact us in the future. We’re very excited for both the prospects of having a real office and because the move will enable us to do some remodeling for people we support.
Remodeling 2655 Tomahawk Place
Our plan for our current office space at 2655 Tomahawk, which is in a house that we share with one of the people we support residentially, is to remodel the office side and create a second apartment for another person we support to live in. Both the existing and the new apartments will be individualized, fully wheelchair accessible units, with private living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen will be shared. Additionally, in another separate section of the home we will maintain two office spaces for management level staff. The new apartment will go to one of the people we already support who has always liked living in an individualized setting.
A New Person to Support
Once we move the office, and the new apartment is occupied too, we’ll be accepting a new person into IEI’s support structure. It has been over five years since we took in a new person and we are looking forward to doing so. The new person will be our 22nd person with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
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
IEI was licensed this month to provide employment and day supports. We will begin our support with five people we already support residentially who are either retired or require highly specialized individual behavioral supports. We will be developing both employment and day supports, as deemed appropriate by ISP teams, for these first five people.