Movin' Out Helped Donna Stay in Her Community
Community is a critical element to achieving a high quality of life for everyone, but low-income people with disabilities encounter more barriers than most. Donna, who lives at Elven Sted in Stoughton, is a living testament to overcoming those barriers.
Elven Sted Apartments Created the Right Opportunity
Donna has lived in Stoughton on and off for most of her life, working and raising her daughter there. As she aged and her disabilities began to have more of an impact on her life and activities, Donna realized she needed a safe place to live that would enable her to build a supportive community for herself. She knew stability and affordability were also critical to her mental and physical well-being.
Donna saw her chance when Elven Sted opened in 2011. As a new multi-family apartment building with several units reserved for residents with disabilities, Elven Sted offered exactly what Donna was looking for: affordability, stability, and community.
Positioned for Community Involvement
“I like it here a lot.” Donna says now with a big smile. “All my friends live here.” With a safe and affordable place to live, Donna actively participates in both her Elven Sted community and the larger Stoughton community. She’s a mover and a shaker, volunteering five days a week at the local senior center where her mother lived, and with a self-advocacy group. She works out regularly at a local gym and is active with the local Kiwanis Program for Adults with Disabilities. One of Donna’s favorite activities is gathering with a group of friends every Friday night at a local restaurant.
“This place is perfect for me. I want to stay here forever,” Donna proclaims firmly. Thanks to Elven Sted’s affordable units for people with disabilities and low income, Donna feels secure in knowing that she can stay in her home and enjoy its many benefits for as long as she wants.