Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver
(Castle Rock, Colo.) Douglas County and Wellspring Community plan to create more inclusivity by adding housing for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
According to a 2020 study by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five adults in Colorado has a disability that impacts mobility, cognition, independent living, hearing, vision, or self-care.
Wellspring already offers day programs for adults with I/DD. Now, the company wants to add housing to provide more educational, enrichment, and business enterprise opportunities to help people with I/DD live independently.
Nicole DeVries, Wellspring Executive Director, shared her excitement about the partnership with DougCo to provide an inclusive housing solution.
"Of the families we serve through Wellspring, 70% have no viable housing option for their loved one with I/DD if they are no longer able to provide direct care," she said. "The partnership with Douglas County is the first step in addressing and potentially providing a sustainable solution for this long-standing need."
DeVries added that the housing is essential to allow adults with I/DD to experience the dignity of a place to call their own with support around them so they can thrive in a safe and secure environment.
Peter Barber, the development director for Wellspring, said the housing concept is in the early stages as the company waits to complete the sale.
The county is under contract with the former La Quinta Hotel owners located at 884 Park St. in Castle Rock. Once the purchase goes through, Wellspring plans to convert the existing structure into 35 apartment units, where adults with I/DD can live independently, with onsite staff providing oversight and support 24/7.
Barber said although the project still has several hoops to jump through, it should be completed in September 2023.