Fondazzjoni Wens has a new residential home at Fgura. The organisation was set up 22 years ago, and as a foundation 10 years ago, to provide residential opportunities for people with disabilities who do not have a home.
The first residential home was opened in Paola and used to accommodate 10 residents, who were taught skills that enabled them to live an independent life and also enter the workforce. A few years later, the organisation opened an apartment in Ghajn Dwieli.
It eventually bought a home and an apartment in Kalkara with 12 bedrooms. From this home, respite care services were offered. Now, there are 19 residents in Kalkara and 11 living in the two apartments.
The foundation is refurbishing another house in Kalkara, where it intends to teach skills for an independent life to the residents.
Minister for Justice, Dialogue and the Family Chris Said was given a tour of the new home in Fgura today. He said the foundation is benefitting from €160,000 in grants from the government. It is receiving an additional €20,000 to help its residents obtain the necessary skills to lead an independent life. The foundation also receives help from other entities such as the Malta College for Art, Science and Technology, Malta Charities and the Housing Authority.
Minister Said said that the Ministry has commissioned a study to find out what services can be provided within the community so that people with disabilities can obtain the best possible services within their localities.
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