Charter One Realty Donation Helping to Support the Building of the “Neighborhood with a Purpose” Development to Help Individuals with Disabilities and their Families
Bluffton, South Carolina, January 2016 -- Charter One Realty presented Osprey Village with a check for $15,000 to help the organization turn into a reality its vision for a “Neighborhood with a Purpose”. The money will help Osprey Village develop an inclusive residential community for adults with developmental disabilities. The organization recently announced the community would be developed near Buckwalter Place in Bluffton where the initial construction phase is scheduled to begin in late 2016 or early 2017.
The partners of Charter One Realty assembled at their Park Lane office last week to present the donation to representatives of Osprey Village. Noting Charter One Realty’s commitment to support this pioneering community initiative, Tom Reed, Charter One Realty Broker-in-Charge and a member of the Board of Directors for Osprey Village, presented the check to Mike Corbett, Executive Director for Osprey Village.
Tom, whose son Cole has Down Syndrome and Autism, shared his personal insight into the Osprey Village vision saying, “Most of us do not outlive our children. So, when we have a child with a disability, this presents a special problem. Every parent of a disabled child worries about what will happen to his or her child when we are gone. Currently, there is no good answer. But, Osprey Village is pioneering an answer to the problem in an effort to develop a blueprint for other communities throughout our country. As such, Charter One Realty wants to help ensure their success. We are fortunate to have an organization with this type of vision in our community and we are going to do our part to help. While this is a more personal endeavor for me, most people have had their lives touched by someone with a disability. So, I would encourage others to lend their support to the Osprey Village vision as well.”
Currently, the plan for the village includes six homes and cottages specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities, along with 30-40 homes and apartments for others who want to be part of this unique intergenerational community. The concept is for a community that is open to anyone who would like to have the opportunity to interact and live in a “neighbor helping neighbor” village. Full-time residential services for up to 20 individuals with developmental disabilities is expected to begin during 2017.