A new residential home for adults with disabilities celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 23.

818 Forward with Faith, a non-profit organization, held an open house to celebrate the completion of its first home. 818 Forward with Faith is dedicated to helping facilitate different housing options for adults with disabilities by finding them a place to reside.

The idea for 818 Forward with Faith came to Executive Directors Jerry and Judy Fynaardt after their son, who has cerebral palsy, was in injured in an accident. Jerry says their son had been living in a care facility but was unable to be taken care of following his accident. He considers the accident, which took place on Aug. 18, 2016, as the beginning of the journey.

“It was just a God thing I guess,” Jerry said. “Having a son with a disability, you see the things that don’t really work for families and then you start to think what you can do differently.”

The result was starting 818 Forward with Faith and building the non-profit’s first home. The organization’s first home is located at 812 Lincoln St. and is able to accommodate four individuals.

818 Forward with Faith has partnered with Vodec, a specialized care provider. Vodec will manage the home and provide around the clock care to its residents.

“To be able to provide the services we provide with people who have the same passion and same vision, it’s wonderful,” said Shawnae Lambert, the home’s residential service supervisor.

Jerry says that while this is the first home, he hopes to see the organization expand and build additional homes in the future.

Emma Skahill can be reached at eskahill@journalexpress.net or by calling the Knoxville newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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