Link June 2018 Volume 27 Issue 3 - Page 12

news From left, YellowBridge QLD Chief Executive Officer Penny Hamilton and Board Chair Carolyn Brown with United Grand Lodge of Queensland Grand Master Alan Townson and Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark. Donation helps Darling Downs housing E fforts to ensure more people with disability have access to appropriate housing on the Darling Downs have been fast- tracked, thanks to a generous donation from a Masonic charity to YellowBridge QLD. The $450,000 donation from Hand Heart Pocket, the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, will enable Officer Penny Hamilton said the donation couldn’t have come at a better time. “We are in the midst of a disability disability, so we are very grateful for this support.” Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the local Freemasons were vocal supporters of housing crisis on the Darling Downs, YellowBridge QLD, due to its proven where people with disability, record of supporting more than 4,000 especially those whose ageing people to lead more meaningful and parents can no longer look after them, connected lives each year. have nowhere to go,” Penny said. “We know of 40 people in this “Our purpose is to provide sustainable support that delivers the construction of a purpose-built position. While many have the means positive outcomes; to provide a hand three-bedroom unit in Toowoomba, to buy or rent their own place, there up to communities, charities and which will accommodate two people is simply no suitable housing for them individuals that have limited access to with disability and a carer. in the region,” she said. other funding sources,” Mr Mark said. The unit is one of four customised units being built by Enabled Living, which will meet individual needs, 12 YellowBridge QLD Chief Executive “A few will never have the means to pay for a place to live. “Having access to appropriate “We are delighted to partner with YellowBridge QLD on this important initiative and know it will be a catalyst include assistive technology, and housing is an important part of for changing the landscape of help empower residents to lead more the equation for improving the disability housing in the region.” independent lives. overall quality of life of people with news