A portion of the county’s federal COVID dollars will go toward housing residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, after commissioners announced a partnership with Wellspring Community.
Wellspring Community, a nonprofit based in Castle Rock, helps meet the social, emotional, intellectual and job-related needs of about 100 adults with disabilities in the region.
Through $6.4 million of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act funding, Wellspring will convert La Quinta Hotel at 884 Park St. in Castle Rock into about 35 apartment units for independent living for their clients.
The apartments will have a kitchen, bathroom, living space and bedroom and will have 24/7 support for residents.
The hotel is located next to Wellspring’s main facility, allowing residents to easily participate in daily programs there. The units are planned to be an affordable option for families.
“I think that this project specifically, it's going to be more than just a housing facility,” said Wellspring Executive Director Nicole DeVries. “Because of where its located it will become more part of the community here in Castle Rock,”
As care for people with disabilities has improved, life expectancy has increased substantially, DeVries said.
“Families that used to outlive their child with IDD, and now that is no longer the case,” she said. “Which is a beautiful and wonderful thing and also now has created a very significant issue for families.”
About 70% of the families served by Wellspring have no residential care plan for their loved one in the future, she said.
The organization, formed in 2008, also operates the Castle Rock Collective, a coffee shop which employs their clients.
It is scheduled to officially close in October and Wellspring hopes to have it open sometime next year.
The commissioners have decided to focus their $68.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, funding on seven areas: water and wastewater, homelessness, broadband, mental and behavioral health, wildfire suppression, economic investments and the intellectual and developmental disabilities community.
“The citizens of Douglas County have made it clear that supporting persons with IDD is a high priority. Ensuring that there is a greater physical presence in this County that delivers effective services will help accomplish this goal,” Commissioner Abe Laydon, the board chair, said in a statement released by the county.
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