Canadian Deafblind Association - Manitoba Chapter

Canadian Deafblind Association - Manitoba Chapter

The Canadian Deafblind Association – Manitoba Chapter (formerly known as Intervention Manitoba Inc) received financing from The Jubilee Fund Inc. to assist in the purchase of two homes.

The Canadian Deafblind Association - Manitoba Chapter (CDBA) is a non-profit service provider of Supported Living Homes for individuals who are Deafblind (combined loss of sight and hearing from birth). It is the function of CDBA to provide their clients, who are congenitally Deafblind the opportunity to be able to communicate with the world around them so they are able to lead a more fulfilling life in their community and be more independent in their Supported Living home. CDBA is the only service provider in Manitoba for individuals that were born Deafblind. The clients require one-on-one care sixteen hours a day and two-to-one care overnight.

Canadian Deafblind Association - Manitoba Chapter

Due to the impending closure of the Manitoba Developmental Centre in Portage la Prairie, the Department of Family Services and Housing is supporting the transition of two Deafblind individuals to move to Winnipeg to the new houses. CDBA presently has one house with four persons who are Deafblind. Assiniboine Credit Union agreed to provide the mortgage for the two new homes and asked the Jubilee Fund to provide the loan guarantee for the down payment.

The Jubilee Fund recently met with their Executive Director, Sandy Owczar at the home they purchased on McKay Avenue in North Kildonan. She was extremely pleased with the home. It was in great shape and large enough to accommodate three residents comfortably. It has a large room in the basement that CDBA will be able to use for training staff and in the back yard, a small garden for the clients. There will be some renovations done before the new clients move in including additional bathrooms and upgrades to meet fire safety codes, etc. The three new clients who will be moving to the home are presently in another Supported Living facility, the Manitoba Developmental Centre and from a private home. Sandy explained the clients range in age from 25 to 40 years of age.

Currently in Manitoba there are no training programs for employees working with the Deafblind. They have sent a few members of their staff to Ontario to attend some training programs and bring that information back to train the Manitoba employees. Presently, CDBA has thirty-three full time, part-time and casual staff members.