Over the past few years, the following two issues have emerged and demanded our attention:
Growing older is something that we all will go through, but when it happens to someone with intellectual disabilities there are additional challenges to address. With advances in medicine and the type of supports provided, people with intellectual disabilities are living longer than ever before, and in some cases, past what was considered to be their life-expectancy. Aging is a new frontier for their families and their care-providers to navigate. Click here to learn more.
Many of the men and women we work with are at the lower end of the economic spectrum, and at times it is as struggle for them to meet their expenses for basic personal needs, housing, transportation and medical/dental care. In fiscal year 2012, we created the Langley Emergency Economic Assistance Program (LEEAP) to provide these people with temporary assistance when they are in a financial crisis, enabling them to continue to remain as self-sufficient as possible.
Through the overwhelming generosity of many wonderful organizations and individuals, we were able to begin to distribute emergency assistance funding in January 2012. As of February 2015, we have provided $37,429 in emergency assistance to people who desperately needed a safety net.
The majority of the people we serve are in their forties and fifties. As they get older, we anticipate the need for a financial safety net to grow for the following reasons:
1) An unfortunate fact of life is that certain skills/abilities regress as we age. For people with intellectual disabilities who already had a limited earning potential, a decline in their ability to perform tasks required in their jobs can have a devastating effect on their income.
2) Medical expenses - and health care costs in general - typically increase as people age
3) In many cases, the primary sources of financial support to these individuals - their parents - are unable to provide assistance at the same level they had in the past (or perhaps not at all) because they are facing financial challenges themselves due to aging, or they have passed away.
You can help us continue to provide a financial safety net to the individuals in our program by making a donation to Langley Residential Support Services and designating it to be used towards "LEEAP" (Langley Emergency Economic Assistance Program).