La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ---- A major announcement from Riverfront Thursday....allowing them to better serve the needs of adults with disabilities in our community. The organization is opening another group home at the 16 Pines site along Highway 16. Riverfront currently has a home in La Crosse but were hoping to expand.
In the summer cabins will be built on the property similar to the ones there now. Adults with disabilities can try living in those cabins with staff living on the grounds nearby. After that they can transition to their own apartment.
Riverfront CEO Mary Kessens says Riverfront participants are no different than us in that they want to be successful. "They want to figure out how to live independently, how to work in the community and how to get to their place of work or to the restaurant."
Regional Services Director, Lisa Duncanson says even if participants choose to live alone they will always have support. "The neighbor who is going to be living right next door is going to be a staff person. They can help them with whatever they need....an unscheduled need...or an emergency."
The cabins are Phase 2 of the project and that will take place over the summer.
The group home opens on April 1st. Spaces are still available. Call 608-784-9450 for more information.