Working Together TO Make A Difference 

We ask that community members reach out to us via email, phone and text message, Dre’s Haven’s administrative staff are responding to all messages within 24-hours. Dre’s Haven’s residents and family members are encouraged to check out our website for fun ways to engage, enjoy and stay connected. 

The Dre’s Haven Office and Community Resource Center are closed and all activities have been cancelled until further notice.

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       THE NEED

Across the United States, more than 1.5 million persons with autism or

related intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are expected to “age out” of high school and into adulthood over the next five years. Referred to as the “coming tsunami”, this influx of newly-minted adults represent a looming crisis of unprecedented magnitude for adults with IDDs, and the ill-prepared and underfunded adult service system charged with meeting their needs. 

 

For families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the concerns and fears only grow as their children reach adulthood and the availability of crucial services inevitably all but disappears.  Statistics show that 75% of “aged out” adults with IDDs continue to live with a parent or caregiver over the age of 60, and therefore are not connected to the community or any public supports or services. In fact, more than 22,000 of the 472,644 individuals with IDDs living in the state of Florida are currently on the wait list for services provided by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Although access to community-based supportive housing is a cornerstone of services for adults with IDDs, only 5 supportive housing communities have been developed in the state since 1987.  Envision at Dre’s Haven will be a part of the solution, filling an urgent need for our city and those who long for a place to call home. Envision at Dre’s Haven will provide affordable housing with wrap-around supportive services, case management, 24-hour security, life-skills and employment training and opportunities and more!  We are dedicated to improving the lives of the people we support and providing them with opportunities to live exceptional and fulfilling lives. 

According to the

  • Most adults with IDD live with a parent or guardian over the age of 60.

  • For many, existing residential options are unaffordable or inappropriate.

  • Many adults with IDD experience social isolation and loneliness. They often have few social networks and friendships beyond families and caregivers

Please be safe and take care of each other.