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The City of Lakeland – Making a House a True Home

At Sunrise, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide the people we support with a comfortable and inviting environment to live in. However, being a non-profit that provides services to thousands of people with disabilities, it is sometimes difficult to manage such a task on our own. That is why we must rely on generous supporters to help carry out this aspect of our mission to create valued lives for people with disabilities.

One such funder is the City of Lakeland. Through their Community Development Block Grant program, the City of Lakeland awarded Sunrise with enough funding to completely transform our Lakeland-based Brookwood group home. With their support, we were able to completely redo the flooring throughout the home and update some of its furniture. The result is a warm, cozy home that the 6 individuals with disabilities who permanently reside there can look forward to coming back to at the end of the day.

Prior to renovations, our Brookwood home’s laminate flooring had become worse for wear due to extensive use. Planks were cracked, warped, or had come loose over the years, resulting in tripping and slipping hazards for the persons supported in the home.

However, thanks entirely to the City of Lakeland’s support, we were able to replace the aging flooring with beautiful, dark wood panels that are better able to withstand scuffs from wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and other mobility aids that the residents require to get from room to room. As if that were not enough, the City was also kind enough to provide us with new furniture such as a new desk, sofa, and dining set making our once tired house feel like a properly warm and inviting home.

We cannot express enough the gratitude all of us at Sunrise have for the City of Lakeland’s generous support of people with disabilities.

Thank you, Lakeland!

See for yourself the incredible results of our renovation project by looking through the “Before” and “After” photos below!