By David Broyles, The Carroll News
HILLSVILLE, Virginia – A group home partnership’s press conference Friday of a new facility for five individuals with disabilities was more than ribbon cutting. It stands for hope.
The facility is a piece in the ongoing puzzle to ease local concerns for individuals with disabilities in the wake of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center’s closing in Hillsville (with eight such homes currently being established by the firm in Southwest Virginia). The “Good Neighbor” company along with state and local officials held a press conference/ribbon cutting for the renovated home, which is one of eight homes in southwestern Virginia.
“We are excited. It’s been a great adventure out here. It’s been a huge team effort. Also the Training Center, I’ve worked so closely with the discharge coordinators. It’s been wonderful. What we are doing out here we’ve never ever done this quickly,” said Good Neighbor Operations Director Heath Pond. “That was one of the things to take into account when we did this. We knew we could do it quickly but we didn’t want to lose the quality. That was the most important piece to us – finding homes. We love to have wonderful homes for our individuals. We wanted it to be as person centered as possible. The biggest thing is to see the smiles on the individuals’ faces. It’s been an awesome experience.”