Graceworks Enhanced Living welcomes residents to new home

Forest Park home-wide

“I want to emphasize, this is really Ken and Esther’s home,” said Deb Lyle, Administrator, Graceworks Enhanced Living, as she welcomed guests – and new residents Ken and Esther – to a Sept. 19 celebration of the opening of a new residence for adults with intellectual disabilities in Hamilton County.

John Martin, Director, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, gives remarks as Bill Serr, President and CEO, listens.

John Martin, Director, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, gives remarks as Bill Serr, President and CEO, listens.

The new residence shows the high quality of care for which Graceworks Enhanced Living is known throughout the state, said John Martin, Director, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, during the celebration.

“Graceworks has provided tremendous leadership and quality care for Ohioans with developmental disabilities,” said Martin. “One of our greatest current system needs is to ensure there are quality residential settings where individuals with more profound care needs can live safely within and participate more fully in their communities.

“As we’re here tonight in this beautiful home, I’m really impressed with how it’s set up and laid out, and the quality that it’s going to offer the individuals who will live here,” he said. “It’s really exciting to see the direction you’re going and how that’s going to improve the lives of the persons for whom you provide services.”

Mayor welcomes

Mayor Charles Johnson, left, and Plan Board member Dr. Susan Anuforo, center, welcomed Deb Lyle and residents to the community.

Forest Park Mayor Charles Johnson welcomed residents into the community. “When I walked into this place … this has the feeling of home, and I’m sure it will be the same for the people who will live here. We embrace you with open arms. The people who live here are a part of our community.”

Eight adults who need Intermediate Care will be moving from two other homes in Hamilton County where Graceworks Enhanced Living provides services.

Graceworks Enhanced Living provides services in 29 residences for 160 adults with intellectual disabilities in Hamilton, Butler, Montgomery and Greene Counties, as well as a Day Program for 35 persons with intellectual disabilities in Hamilton County.

Graceworks Enhanced Living will be able to serve residents better in a safer location with updated and accessible facilities the residents will need as they age, said Deb Lyle, Administrator, Graceworks Enhanced Living. Residents range in age from 35 to 75, with varying degrees of physical challenges.

In every setting, Graceworks Enhanced Living helps individuals experience a sense of home through Gentle Teaching, helping each resident feel safe and loved.

A sense of home is not only a sense of safety and comfort, “but more importantly a sense of connectedness to a community, a sense of connectedness to the people who reside in the home,” said Bill Serr, President and CEO of Graceworks Lutheran Services. “This home is one more expression of that vision.”

Graceworks is replacing two older homes with three that will be appropriate for the services the residents need, said Lyle. The two present homes have a total of 18 residents, of whom eight will move to the newly-built home in Forest Park. Graceworks seeks to renovate two existing homes in Hamilton County for the other 10 residents, said Lyle.

“We’re excited to see Graceworks expand with the new home in Forest Park, not only opening up more opportunities for residents, but also leading by example,” said Martin.

Pastor Jim Bosse, Vice-President, Organizational and Community Care, led guests in a Blessing of the Home. Staff and Board members read scripture and prayers of blessing for the new home.

“We are grateful for this day and all the efforts that have gone into this moment,” said Pastor Jim. “We entrust now this Kemper Meadow Home to your service. Bless its residents, staff, and all people who enter its doors. May all its days and activities serve your purposes, witness your love, and give you glory, in Jesus name! Amen.

“Residents and staff of Kemper Meadow Home, dwell here in Peace. Christ is with you. Thanks be to God.”