The Heart of Georgia Developmental Disabilities Ministries is a group that supports families with disabled adults. For these families, finding long term care can be a challenge, and in order to help the group designed a community home. The home features state of the art energy efficient products.
The upgrades are already adding up. " We're saving probably around 50%," says Project Engineer James Yawn.
The 4,000 square foot house has 6 bedroom, 6 bathrooms, and a gourmet kitchen. Plus, around half of the items in it are recycled.
According to Yawn, every inch of the home was strategically planned. "We designed the driveway so the water would run of it and just run off onto rain gardens on each side," says Yawn.
The rain gardens fill a well, which actually heats and cools the house, through a "geo thermal" system.
Al Harbuck helped build the house his daughter along with other adults with developmental disabilities will live in. He says, "It makes me feel like she will have a place that she can live very comfortably; be very happy... be taken care of after my wife and I pass on."
The goal of the home is to help developmentally disabled adults learn independence, and the eco-friendly house is helping lightened the load.
According to Audrey Clance, with the Heart of Georgia Developmental Disabilities Ministries, savings are already adding up. She says, "Last month our energy bill was something like $36.. $40."
The Heart of Georgia Developmental Disabilities Ministries was able to build the house with the help of community donations totaling $300,000 and hundreds of volunteers. The group is now raising money for a second group home, if you'd like to donate money or volunteer visit their website www.heartofgeorgiaddm.org.