Making Maple House a home

Professionals for Hope are well on their way to successfully completing their first project – making Maple House a more comfortable home for its residents and caregivers.

The volunteer organisation – a group committed to making a difference in the lives of people in need who are often forgotten in the Cayman community – took on Maple House as its first project late last year, said a press release.

The facility currently houses seven young people with disabilities that require special, round-the-clock care.

So far, nearly half of the CI$60,000 needed to do the planned upgrades at Maple House has been raised, thanks to the generosity of several corporate and individual donors in the community.

‘We are very grateful for the contributions we have received so far,’ said Professionals for Hope chairwoman Joan Dowling. ‘Every cent will go to helping make a real difference at Maple House. Any donation, large or small is welcome and we will turn that gift into something that will make a difference in the lives of these young people.’

Although Maple House is funded through the Department of Children and Family Services, the government can only do so much. It is up to service organizations like Professional for Hope to make the facility more homelike.

‘Maple House is not an institution; it is a home for its seven residents and we must never lose sight of that fact,’ said Ms Dowling.

The funds raised for the project will go toward upgrading the furniture and fixtures in Maple House, and to redecorating the interior to create a more appealing environment for both the residents and the caretakers.

The needs of the 14 caregivers who assist the residents are also of key concern to Professionals for Hope.

‘The work of the caregivers is very challenging,’ said Ms Dowling. ‘They go to great efforts to assist the residents with their physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs. They are not just caregivers though; they are friends and mentors to the young residents.

‘Sometimes it is easy to forget the wonderful work these caregivers do. It often goes unseen and unnoticed.’

The project has the blessing of the government, which has said in the past that service organisations are vital to help fill in the gaps it sometimes must leave in its social programmes.

Minister for Health and Human Services Anthony Eden is pleased that Professionals for Hope chose Maple House as a project.

‘I extend my heartfelt thanks to Professionals for Hope,’ he said. ‘I am encouraged by their efforts and it is my hope that more private organisations will join hands with the Government to support the more vulnerable in our community.’

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To find out how to support the Maple House project, contact Ms Dowling on 814-4821.

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