Melissa is a young woman with Downs Syndrome who has worked in our Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) since 2009. This year an opportunity became available for Melissa to move out of the family home and into supported accommodation into our newest home.
Although the move out of home has had some mixed emotions Melissa is happily enjoying living more independently with two other ladies. Whenever someone asks Melissa how she is enjoying her new home she responds “I love it”.
Melissa and her other house mates enjoy showing their home off to family and friends and they have had the opportunity to do this by hosting people for morning and afternoon tea. Melissa proudly talks to her friends about the various meals she cooks and notes that spaghetti bolognaise is her favourite recipe.
Melissa also talks, with great enthusiasm, about doing housework and keeping her home neat and tidy!
Thorndale is pleased to have been able to provide this opportunity to support Melissa in living an independent lifestyle. Seeing people happy and enjoying the support we are able to provide reminds us why we do the things we do.