Help our residents create amazing spaces
The importance of having a comfortable and pleasant home is not lost on anyone this year.
Many of us were unable to enjoy visitors or leave home during Stage 4 restrictions, so physical surroundings have become even more significant to our health and wellbeing.
This Christmas, we’re hoping to give the gift of a beautiful home to residents at three of our Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) sites in Moorabbin, Braybrook and Bulleen.
With your help, we hope to raise much-needed funds so our residents can purchase new furniture to create indoor and outdoor living spaces that reflect their personalities and tastes.
We all know it’s the little things that can make a big difference. A bright cushion here, a comfortable throw rug there, and herbs in the garden to encourage home cooking, are things we’d love to see. We hope that our residents will be excited to share their updated homes with their families and friends now they have begun to welcome them back after many long months alone.
Tracy Zappelli (pictured at top) is one of the 15 residents who would be thrilled at the prospect of brightening their home. She married her sweetheart Gerard in 2006, and they’ve lived together at our Braybrook SDA ever since.
Tracy, who loves drawing and playing the keyboard, said some colour to freshen up the house, garden beds to plant flowers and fruit, and an egg chair to relax in were all on her ‘wish list’.
We love living at Braybrook because Gerard (her husband) and I can live independently and do the things we love, like sharing a coffee and watching the footy.
Our SDA residents did it really tough this year. During the pandemic, when visits from loved ones stopped, social outings became impossible and boredom set in, the focus became on creating entertainment within the home.
Braybrook Team Leader Brett Ellis said this highlighted the need for our residents to have living spaces truly geared towards their specific tastes and interests. While our SDAs are lovely places to live, extra touches like these aren’t funded, and we rely on community support to make this happen.
“Cooking, for example, became a popular activity,” Brett said. “It would have been great to have some herbs or ingredients available in the garden and readily accessible. Just small things like that can make a huge difference to the way you live. It’s up to our residents what they choose, and I can’t wait to see their faces when we hit the shops!”
With your help we can make a difference!
You can also continue to read about our In-Touch program and continue to donate to this worthwhile cause.
We thank you for your amazing generosity.