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Friends for life at new Portland shared support accommodation

Monday, 12 June, 2017

The first soil was turned at the construction of the Portland Lighthouse Home on Wednesday, May 31 as part of the latest Karingal 'A House for Life' project.

The house will be the first in the area to provide care and support for people with a disability, thanks to generous funding from the Federal Department of Social Services and the Victorian Government's Department of Health and Human Services.

More than seven years of fundraising and campaigning from the local Portland community resulted in the partnership between Portland Lighthouse Home Inc. and Karingal. The organisations developed a plan to provide support for the town, which was in immediate need of disability care.

Designed and constructed by Warrnambool architects Bryan and Peterson Homes, the purpose-built lighthouse features four bedrooms and an attached one-bedroom unit which allows ample space for the new residents to live in comfort. Four friends from the Portland region are scheduled to move into the house upon completion, with the possibility to house a fifth person if required.

Everyone living at the home will be provided with tailored individual support from trained Karingal carers to balance their existing hobbies and recreational activities with their new life at the lighthouse.

The Portland Lighthouse Home is the fifth Karingal-supported accommodation in Victoria, following on from homes in Geelong and Colac.

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