By SARA SAXTON/ Montana State News
For adults with intellectual disabilities, finding support and a place to call home can present a challenge. Reach, Inc. fills this need, helping these people with life decisions, transportation access, housing and employment.
Due to limited space, Reach Inc. has decided to build a new apartment complex, increasing access and providing new space. Reach is a nonprofit organization that provides recreation and assisted living services to developmentally disabled children and adults.
Dee Metrick, the Reach community relations and development director, explained the need for a new space: “The new building is going to replace another facility on the south side of town that houses eight of our clients. That building is not accessible for people with mobility issues, is showing its age, and has unfortunate working conditions for our staff (they work out of a closet in an office with no windows and no bathroom).”
This new building, located on Durston Road and Green Way Avenue, will be accessible for everyone. The organization will be able to expand the number of residents by two. This does not seem like much, but will be revitalizing considering the conditions of their current building.
“The (new) building will contain six apartments, two one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments, for a total of ten people.” Metrick said.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the nonprofit company just requested two federal grants for $1.2 million for this new building.
Reach currently has 116 disabled adults in the program and 142 employees, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. With these numbers growing and the waiting list reaching 1,000 people, the company is expanding buildings in hopes of including more people in their program.
Employment is one focus of Reach. The national average of employment for adults with disabilities is 18 percent. Bozeman’s Reach has an 82 percent success rate, ranking them in the top 10 most successful nonprofit organizations for adults with disabilities in the nation, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Metrick explained the individual focus of the program: “Each of our clients sets their own goals. Our services are individualized by needs and desires.”
Reach was started in 1974 by parents of kids with disabilities. It is directed at adults that need guidance with living, finding jobs and transportation. With all of the services Reach offers, they rely heavily on contributions.
“We are dependent on donations to stay open,” Metrick said.
To contribute to Reach, stop by the Have a Heart auction on Saturday Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Faultline North Event Center. The event will consist of a live and silent auction, food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks and live music by Craig Hall Trio.
Tickets can be bought online at http://reachinc.org, in person at the Reach office or they can be purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit the people of Reach.
– Edited by Lilly Brogger