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Check out the feedback we received from the attendees of our Open Doors Initiative!
What does being a Neighbour mean to you?
We deserve the chance to be INDEPENDENT adults like everyone else
Independence, community
A new beginning for me
I would like my own place and to be more independent. It would be nice to be around friends who have the same interests as me. I may even invite my parents over sometime. I think we all deserve a place to call home
It is of absolute importance for me to be as self-sufficient as possible, taking into account my physical limitations. It would be validating to become part of a community.
It will give me the chance to be independent and live on my own.
We need a place to live – without our parents – where our needs will be met!
For having a community and purpose in life!
To see my grandson as independent as possible but for him to still be safe.
Peace of mind and parents don’t live that long.
Amazing if adults with physical disabilities can have access to a community right outside their door! A place to be proud to call home and invite friends and family over to!
Our daughter is a competent adult on the spectrum, and she deserves a full and independent life including a safe place to live!
Because our loved ones deserve to live a happy, full, and fulfilled life.
I deserve to live independently and be part of my own community.
Currently the perfect situation for people with a disability DOESN’T exist. My son deserves the best!
My son deserves the chance to experience living on his own. He’s so excited that CoHabit is in the works!
Resources for people with disabilities need to be improved. Social care models that employ person centered values and encourage independence need to be established… CoHabit is the way to go!
I’d like to have a job to help out.
Socialize with friends and have fun!
Help others as much as possible. Be involved!
Socialize, make people smile
Be a respectful Neighbour to everyone.
Looking out for one another! Community!
Emily with mom Paula
Emily with mom Paula
A perspective from a potential CoHabit “Neighbour” ...
It’s a well-known stereotype that people with disabilities have isolating lives from traditional society; however, to actually live with a disability as I do, “isolating” isn’t the word I would explain to people of how it feels to live with a disability or care for someone with a disability. The term is “stuck in a frozen space” where you keep growing older without actually moving forward with your life. As a person with a disability, you see your friends or siblings getting jobs and buying houses and knowing their future in the world; on the other side of the coin, our parents and caregivers are frozen in time, too, because they can’t afford to live their lives without always having to worry about us like we are still children needing them to protect us. Well, I don’t want my mom and loved ones to worry about what will happen to me if tragically they can’t care for me anymore or even if they want to go on vacation for six months. Truthfully, without CoHabit, I don’t see a future for myself, but with CoHabit, I could say that I wouldn’t be “frozen in time” looking at people going past me. I would be rolling beside them, just living my life.
Derek with brother Trent
Derek with brother Trent
Hello everyone. We are the McLennan Family. Keith, Sandy and our 2 sons, Derek, 31 and Trent, 27. Derek was born with Cerebral Palsy and is confined to a wheelchair and needs assistance with most basic functions as well as 24/7 care. He is a popular man and our large circle of family and friends has helped us make his first 31 years as good as possible. As Sandy and I move well into our 60’s many of those issues become greater and become much harder for us to accomplish. CoHabit is a future dream that would put Derek into a group setting with 24/7 care and many functions and friends that would benefit everyone for many years to come. This is long overdue for disabled adults in our province. We need to have this come to fruition so we can relieve many years of stress and anxiety worrying about our son Derek’s future.
— Keith & Sandy McLennan
Nicolas with mom Jennifer
Nicolas with mom Jennifer
As a mom to a special needs 18 year old boy the question that I think of daily is, what’s next? What does the future hold for my boy? Who’s going to care for him once I’m gone? These are tough questions that weigh heavily on all parents of special needs.
As Nicholas is growing into a man it is becoming increasingly challenging to care for him on a daily basis. I know that I can’t do this forever. It’s exhausting! And he honestly doesn’t want mom around all the time either.
All parents want their kids to become independent, healthy adults and have the opportunities to create the best life possible!
This is where CoHabit comes in!
We desperately need this facility here in our city! It will allow our kids to continue to grow and thrive and be given all of the opportunities to become as independent as possible!
The intense therapy that Nicholas has had over the years has made such a huge impact on his quality of life and I truly believe that with a facility like this it will carry on with him into his adult life.
The level of care and support that CoHabit will provide will ensure they are able to live their best life!
Will with dad Joe
Will with dad Joe
My guardian angel has a plan...his name is Will and I’m his dad, Joe.
So Will’s plan is to always be at his full potential for his entire life. Even after his dad is gone...He’s a fun loving, very sociable guy, always charming the ladies and never has a dull moment.
We’re saying hello to you all because you may be helping him carry out that plan to maintain his full potential by living in a caring, loving and respectful home. He’s 22 in September, time is rolling on and he’s looking for that place to live “just like home”.
When the time comes when dad is unable to care for him CoHabit is the answer to both of our hopes and aspirations for those “later” years...when even dad may need a home.
Thanks for your attention. — Joe and Will
Cameron with mom Cindy
Cameron with mom Cindy
When your child is disabled and is not able to care for himself, we need to know that there are options for him to live in an accessible, supportive, and socially appropriate environment to feel safe, cared for, happy, and like he belongs, so he can fully participate in his life alongside his peers!
As my husband and I age, caring for our son who has a significant physical disability, on a daily basis, becomes more difficult. We are slowly wearing out and have less energy after a day of caring for his physical needs, to also give him opportunities to participate in an active life, to his best ability. We are concerned about the care for the well-being of our son in adulthood, and what would happen to him if suddenly, we can’t be there for him. We all want what is best for our children, regardless of age or capability.” — Cindy
Megan with mom Paula
Megan with mom Paula
“My daughter and I need better support, better funding, and a place for her to call her own; a place where she can shine like the bright star that she is.
Being told that the only option for my daughter, who has a significant disability, to move out of our home would be to put her in an assisted living senior complex, was devastating. When she turned 18 and transitioned to “adult services” it was like a slap in the face as we found out that she didn’t qualify for any support programs other than Employment Insurance Assistance, which doesn’t even cover her basic needs.
As a single parent, I have to take 100% of the responsibilities for my daughter’s care and well-being. I have medical issues and have a disability of my own that grows worse each year and now inhibits my ability to care for my daughter. I’m scared for her future and worry about what will happen as I age, get sicker or die.
I think about where she will live that would a be safe, secure and positive environment. Stuck living at home with her mother is slowly ripping the joy from her life as she watches her siblings and friends move forward to engage the world and its many opportunities, albeit opportunities that don’t include her. My stress level is maxed out, my sleep suffers, my heart aches. I don’t have enough time in the day to work, care for my daughter, take care of my home, or take care of myself so that I will be a positive person in society." — Paula
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Our Mission
To create a home and community where people with physical disabilities will manage their own decision-making and be supported to participate meaningfully in their daily lives.
Contact Us
CPMB CoHabit
Margy Nelson, Special Projects Director
Shelley Betton, Special Projects
Kelsy Wold, Project Assistant
Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba Inc.
903 - 213 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 1N3
Phone: (204) 982-4842 | Fax: (204) 982-4844
Toll-Free: 1-800-416-6166 (Manitoba Only)
Registered Charity #10690 4212 RR0001