NRV DRC Consumer Celebrates a Finished Project

Linda Farley may be this year’s fastest “sprinter” in the Olympics of home modification paperwork!

Ms. Farley, needing a walk-in shower for her rented apartment, reached out to NRV DRC for assistance.  Independent Living Coordinator Matt Shelor partnered with Ms. Farley to compile and submit information for a Rental Unit Accessibility Modification (RUAM) grant with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).

On the left stands Matt Shelor, a 36 year old white make standing roughly 5 feet tall with dark hair and dark framed glasses. On the right stands Ms. Farley, who is an older white female with gray short hair and glasses standing next to Matt. She is wearing a white short-sleeve blouse and purple shorts, is wearing an oxygen cannula and is holding a portable oxygen machine in her left hand. Both of them are smiling at the camera as they stand behind Matt’s desk in his office.
Independent Living Coordinator Matt Shelor congratulates Consumer Linda Farley on the completion of her walk-in shower.

As with any grant process, paperwork is a necessity: gathering the appropriate financial documents and rental agreements, to name a few.   Ms. Farley excelled in her communication with the NRV DRC team and delivered the needed documents in record time.  And her diligence paid off … Ms. Farley’s grant process went smoothly, and she received her walk-in shower this month.  Ms. Farley came by NRV DRC’s office to thank Matt in person for all of his guidance in the application process.  It gave Matt the opportunity as well to thank Ms. Farley for her frequent communication and earnest work throughout.

Linda is a great example of enthusiasm.  By working closely together as a team, NRV DRC, the Consumer, and our friends at VHDA can achieve great things for renters with disabilities by helping them live more independent lives in the NRV!

NRV DRC Achieves 100% Success Rate in CCT Application Funding

NRV DRC successfully secured funding for all eight consumer projects that were submitted to Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT)  early this spring.  CCT, a nonprofit organization that administers affordable and efficient Pooled Special Needs Trusts (PSNT), awards funding on an annual basis.

NRV DRC had eight consumers who, based on their needs and/or their living situations, did not meet the criteria for traditional funding options.  After compiling the applications with written statements of need and descriptions on how the obtained funding would improve each person’s quality of life as they remain in-home, NRV DRC’s Independent Living Coordinators Matt Shelor and Barb Clark submitted the applications.  NRV DRC was notified on May 10 that 100% of all its applications submitted were approved and awarded full funding for the requested amounts.

The eight grants total nearly $5,200 and will benefit eight consumers in the NRV who have been long-awaiting assistance.  Five of the grants were awarded funds for lumber to assist consumers in the construction of ramps, stairs, and handrails; this effort is a collaborative project with our friends at Hearts and Hammers, who donate their time and energy to help our mission.