According to the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN), there are more than 3100 special needs adults living at home with parents 55 years or older. Waiting lists for placement in government homes are years long. While statistics tell us of a problem, faith leads us to a solution.
InDwellings is that solution.
InDwellings, Inc., a public non-profit organization , is working to establish and maintain homes for adults with developmental disabilities.
We ask you to consider how you and your church can CARE for those who will reside in InDwellings "Homes of Love."
There are so many ways to be involved in this important ministry. Contact our Executive Director, or one of our board members listed on the "To Donate or Inquire" page, to learn how. Or, fill out the Visitor Form at the bottom of this page. If you know of a family in need of our services, urge them to make an application. Lastly, we invite you to attend one of our board meetings to join us in working toward solutions that will affect the lives of families caring for loved ones with developmental disabilities.
Together, we can truly CARE.
Click On The Movie Icon Below To View Our Video, Featuring Photography By A Veteran Photojournalist for CBS News, And Written And Narrated By A 29-Time Emmy Award Winning TV Journalist!
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The InDwellings video is a rare and deep look into the world of two families faced with the needs of their children with developmental disabilities.Their stories highlight a mission -- and a calling -- to reach our hands toward a great need that's too often invisible.
InDwellings is a a public non-profit group raising funds to build "Homes of Love" for adults with developmental disabilities in the Upstate.The group already has the land on which these homes will stand, adjacent to the Presbyterian Retirement Community in Easley.Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina graciously donated the land.The video showcases what the homes will mean to families facing the crisis of adult children in need of a home the family can no longer provide.
This video features two families. The first is the Leathrums, an Upstate family whose youngest son has Down syndrome.Roger, who is 36 in this video, could live somewhere other than his parents' home, with supervision, if only such a place existed in the Upstate.InDwellings wants to build just such a place, where folks like Roger can live with the dignity and sense of community they long for, providing a deep sense of peace for his family.
The second family is the Poindexters, whose son, Calvin, also has Down syndrome. Calvin's mom, Katie, is already thinking ahead to what sort of home will be available when Calvin is an adult, and wants to live as independently as he is able.
Because many of the parents of adult children with developmental disabilities are now more than 55 years old, the need for these homes rises urgently by the day.If a medical or other crisis arises, these parents want to know that they have an option for housing these very special adult children.
Producer Jill Cogdill, an InDwellings board member, secured the services of well-known photojournalist, Mario de Carvalho, for this video.For more than 30 years at CBS, Mario shot some of the biggest stories in the world.He has received numerous national Emmy Awards, and his passion and heart for this project are immense.(Many of you may know that Mario is married to the Upstate's own Jane Robelot, former anchor of the CBS Morning Show, and treasured member of our community.)
The producer's husband, 29-time Emmy Award winning TV journalist, Michael Cogdill, wrote and narrated the video.
The video is available for viewing on this website by clicking on the "Movie" icon above. We hope you will take a look into the lives of two families symbolizing a powerful need.To experience their lives is to hear the calling to help many more.
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