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Cape Community Foundation grant assists Down Syndrome Supported Living Inc.

By Staff | Nov 27, 2019

Photo provided Elaine Mitchell and Marilyn Alexsy with the grant check to DSSL.

Down Syndrome Supported Living Inc. has issued a public thank you to the Cape Royal Community Foundation for its continued support. The foundation awarded a grant request in the amount $5,000 which is earmarked for new flooring at the independent living residence.

New kitchen appliances and furniture for both sides of the duplex were possible with the support of previous grants from the Cape Royal Community Foundation. A major remodel of St. James Place was funded in 2013-14 by a Community Development Block Grant acquired through the City of Cape Coral’s Department of Community Development’s Planning and Growth Management Division.

Down Syndrome Supported Living Inc. was established in 1989 by parents and advocates who wanted to help others in the community who needed support and education. With the help of donations, grants and community volunteers DSSL was able to build a six-bedroom duplex called St. James Place. Since then DSSL provides not just a residence but a home with which to enhance the welfare and independence of those with Down Syndrome and other learning disabilities.

DSSL has gone through many changes since opening the goal has remained the same, to provide not just somewhere to live, but a place that feels like home. Because Down Syndrome most often occurs in children born to older parents the chance of the child outliving their parents is a common problem. The hope is to provide a home where, if this happened, there would be someone to help care for and guide residents in their everyday living.

Daily operations for St. James Place are paid for by the residents. Tough economic times and the reduction of funds available make it difficult to create a reserve for unexpected repairs and continued capital improvements. The ongoing success of DSSL relies on donations from private citizens, public grants and charitable organizations like the CRCF, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis and the Cape Coral Community Foundation.

Tax deductible donations can be made payable to: Down Syndrome Supported Living Inc. (DSSL Inc) at PO Box 150448, Cape Coral, FL 33903

St. James Place is located at 1407/1409 Academy Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990.