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House mates become best mates

A young man with down syndrome looks out the kitchen window while having his morning coffee.

The Background 

The increase in the cost of living is affecting us all, including the people we support. One person that Mercy Community has been lucky enough to work with is Sam. Living with Down Syndrome, Sam was loving the independence that having his own home had given him over the past five years. Freedom to have his own space, cook his own meals and watch whatever he likes on TV. However, he realised that if he shared a house, he would cut his costs in half, but where should he start?

How did Mercy Community Help / Support 

Recognising the need for assistance, Mercy Community’s Supported Independent Living team stepped in to help Sam find the best solution. They introduced him to Ethan, another individual living with a disability, and together, they embarked on a journey towards shared independence. By arranging for Sam and Ethan to share a house within their budget, Mercy Community created a win-win situation. Not only were they able to split the rent and bills, but they could also maintain their independence.  

The Outcome 

The outcome of this collaboration has been nothing short of remarkable. Sam and Ethan have formed a strong bond and have become great friends. They enjoy spending time together, particularly going to the movies, where they can share their thoughts on the latest films over a box of popcorn. Even when it comes to choosing what to watch on TV, they manage to find common ground (most of the time), which is a testament to their compatibility and the success of Mercy Community’s Supported Independent Living program.

Mercy Community is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities and their families. We offer a range of services designed to promote independence and overall well-being. Whether it’s finding suitable housing, accessing support networks, or developing life skills, Mercy Community is dedicated to helping individuals like Sam and Ethan thrive.

For more information about Mercy Community’s Disability Supports and how we can empower you and your family, please visit our website or contact our dedicated team.

*All names in this case study have been changed to protect the privacy of the people we support.

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