WITH some tough times behind them, staff and residents at Seaview House gathered on Monday for a party to celebrate one year of successful independent operation.
Thanks to community support and a small army of volunteers, the supported residental service has grown from five remaining residents at this time last year to 21 permanent residents (with more on the way) and six respite residents today.
And if the happy spirit of Monday’s celebration is any guide, Seaview is looking towards an apparently rosy future for years to come.
“We fought and won,” volunteer manager Myra Bourke said.
“It started in awful times and almost never happened. The lease wasn’t even signed until 4pm on the last possible day. We felt there were some broken promises during that period, but we are past that now.”
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer, January 29, 2014.