02 Jan Providing Security and Stability Through Paper Product Donation
Organization: Balance, Inc.
Lives Impacted: 50
Balance Inc., founded in 1991 in Grafton, WI, originally served two individuals with developmental disabilities who were at risk of being institutionalized. Now more than 90 individuals and their families are being served in Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties. Our primary objective is to provide support to people in their homes, assist them in discovering and connecting with their community, and to help people develop relationships that will enhance their lives.
Currently, Balance owns nine Adult Family Homes (AFH) throughout Northern Ozaukee County, providing a safe, medically attentive and enjoyable living arrangements for 28 adults ranging from 21 – 83. 100% of the residents are Wisconsin Family Care support members, meaning they all have a household income below the poverty level. Once allocated, these Family Care dollars are non-negotiable and can only be used to provide direct 24/7 care to the resident and meet their basic needs. Therefore, Balance is entirely responsible for repairs and upkeep of the homes.
We are committed to maintaining our adult family homes in a manner consistent with the quality standards of their neighborhoods. Our homes are warm, inviting and clean, and we use volunteers and staff to repair all we can. Thanks to this donation of toilet paper and paper towels, it allows us to cover the necessities of our homes, therefore allowing us to focus development dollars on activities, programs and community outings to enhance the quality of life. The homes continue to age and require updates for health, safety and accessibility. There is a significant difference in the funding of homes between non-profit and for-profit organizations. Balance’s non-profit status is barely reimbursed for our current costs and the reimbursement system requires us to fundraise for repairs and upkeep of home. These extras are critical in providing residents with a meaningful life within their own community.
Aaron and Sean live together in their adult family home. Both come from long-time loving families, but both have experienced the loss of parents. Their Balance home now provides them with a safe, loving “nuclear” family, a family table and a home where they can age in peace. Both young men are nonverbal and have some special health considerations, yet they are thriving, growing and happy. This donation allowed them to have opportunities to use other funding for recreation and leisure experiences at a nature center, a museum, a fall festival and a community dinner and dance. Thank you Good360 for helping us provide security to those in need.