The agency owns two homes: Shalom House opened in September 2001 and was the first Jewish group home for adults with disabilities established in Arizona; and Keshet House opened in May 2009. There are three men who reside in each home. Since our agency owns the homes, we act as the property managers. Caregiver staff is provided through a private agency licensed by Arizona’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).
The homes are located in quiet neighborhoods, within a five-mile radius of five synagogues, the Jewish Community Center, several shopping malls, movie theaters, a public library and a hospital. A bus stop two blocks away provides transportation for staff and residents.
The residents enjoy their homes and have really made them their own. Jewish community activities in which residents participate include: Shabbat services and holiday celebrations at nearby synagogues, working out at the VOSJCC health club, volunteering at Jewish community events, and hosting the Yad B’Yad and Keshet adult social group gatherings. Our residents also participate in day programs and hold jobs where they go during the week.
Since there is a need for additional quality housing options for individuals with special needs throughout the Valley, our agency is working to stay relevant. Research is being done and plans are being discussed with the hope of opening another home in the next 2-5 years. For those with immediate housing needs, we will provide information about residential programs we know.
Moving out on their own is a big decision for both the individual and their family. Add the fact that our residents have various needs, and there are new situations to consider. As we ramp up our residential plans, we are also approaching speakers to talk with our members and the community at large about what it means to live on your own and steps to take for a successful transition. Let Gesher Disability Resources assist through this process.
For more information call the office at 480-629-5343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.