The Lighthouse group home opened May 1

May 1 marked the opening of The Lighthouse, a group home for adults with a developmental disability, on 6528 First Line here.

The home is one of the four operated by the Anchor Cana­dian Reformed Association for the handicapped. The official celebration of the opening was held on May 10.

The Lighthouse currently has four residents, Lisa Al­kema, Terence Berends, Cheryl Jelsma, and Sandy Spyksma but it is set up to accommodate eight residents.

The residents are encour­aged to seek employ­ment in the community and they will make use of the many facilities available in the town. 

The Anchor Association was originally started by con­cern­ed parents from the Cana­dian Reformed Churches in the Niagara area in 1976, and was incorporated as a registered charity in 1983. Homes are funded by memberships and private donations. A board of governors has the oversight and currently there are 25 employ­ees.

Experience has taught that the homes with up to eight residents have a high success rate.  Two staff are present at all times. The association also runs a summer camp from July 7 to 18.

Centre Wellington council has been cooperative and the association has received a lot of positive response from the sup­porting community.