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Creating home and community for people with developmental disabilities. Olympic Neighbors’ mission is to create a living and working community in Jefferson County where everyone, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), can discover and develop their full potential. We value each person regardless of their ability for their unique contribution to the community. Olympic Neighbors provides quality, comfortable housing and a wide range of supportive services that empower folks to live as independently as possible within their community.
We have almost completed the renovation of a neighborhood home that will house 6 adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Through community fundraising efforts and over 500 volunteer hours, the Hamilton House is nearly complete. Because Hamilton House was not up and going as an AFH in 2016, Olympic Neighbors focused on community inclusion and recreation through “Bike Buddies” and “Spinners”. These programs provided opportunity for meeting old and new friends in a fun and healthy activity. The programs provided a platform where participants could try a new activity to build self confidence, meet new people in the community that builds natural supports, increase their physical activity level which promotes better overall physical and mental health, and reduced their level of isolation.
All clients residing at Hamilton House are state supported through Social Security and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) funding. The funding is prescribed by individual assessment by DDA and an allocated amount by Social Security. Based on market research, this funding only meets two-thirds of the overall cost to provide services in the Adult Family Home setting. In order to make up for this gap in funding, Olympic Neighbors plans to utilize the following strategies: fund raising events, grant requests, family cost sharing, planned giving, and annual appeal. Funding from the Kitsap Great Give will help Olympic Neighbors make up for this gap in funding.
PO Box 1923
Port Townsend, WA 98368