$50K Grant Helps Handi-Crafters Make Independent Living A Reality For Disabled

Handicrafters Laurie and Paul
Laurie Richardrson, Independent Living Solutions Case Manager helping a client.

A new round of grant funding won’t help a well-known local organization churn out more product, but it will help its workers have a reliable place to return home to after a hard day’s work.

Thorndale-based Handi-Crafters, a champion of employment help for the handicapped, has received $50,000 from the Chester County Department of Community Development for its Independent Living Solutions to connect people with stable housing as part of the “Decades to Doorways” initiative aiming to prevent and end homelessness.

“We are able to serve as a key liaison between the client and the landlord to press for long-term successful outcomes,” case manager Laurie Richardson said in a recent announcement. “We are also working in collaboration with a variety of partners to increase awareness and to bridge resources. The key here is we are proactive in finding solutions to prevent homelessness for those in need and who are disabled.”

Originally a job placement-focused organization, the almost 55-year-old nonprofit now utilizes housing support to provide a holistic continuum of care and has secured stable housing for more than 100 individuals with disabilities.

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