Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

From Christine Minor

I am asking for contributions toward a property down payment for a special needs adults residential group home and day services business.

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I have been the Managing Partner of a business providing residential group homes and day services for special needs adults since 2012. We support our clients in achieving comfort and independence in their surroundings through customized care and enrichment activities, thereby relieving the family stress of caring alone for these extraordinary people.

My partner is my ex-husband. I recently discovered he has committed certain improprieties that obligate me to extricate myself from this situation before the legal and financial consequences of his choices catch up with him. In order to do so successfully, I am launching the same business with the same services under a new identity.

I am fortunate to have an attorney and business consultant onboard to help me. The business plan is written, the website is up, mandatory encryption services have been acquired, and I possess all the certifications required by the State to legally own and operate this new business. I am ready to forge ahead!

What I don’t possess is a facility to house my clients. I can launch using my personal home for a short period of time. However, I need to locate and/or build a facility that provides a safe “home away from home” for ongoing operations. The current business supports five (5) of these facilities. However, a single facility represents a viable starting point from which to attract and support future clients.

This start-up qualifies for the Medicaid Home Community-Based Waiver. However, accepting these funds restricts my ability to set fees and does not provide sufficient funds to pay staff and cover overhead expenses. I am currently funding everything out-of-pocket.

I am asking for contributions toward a property down payment that will yield manageable mortgage payments downstream.

The total amount I seek is $30,000 as a down payment contribution for a property purchase or new build. However, this is more than a business capital request. I walk the "special needs" path as this single mom has a beloved son (financially unsupported by his biological father) who also requires the same type of care I offer my clients.

Working out of my personal home, while in transition, is acceptable for the short term. It is not acceptable for the long term and jeopardizes my credibility with the current and future base, as well as limiting my capacity to serve more clients.

Having served as the Managing Partner of our jointly-owned business since 2012, I absolutely know how to run this type of enterprise! I also previously owned and operated a five (5) employee cleaning business serving residential, apartment, and commercial businesses for eight (8) years. As an experienced, self-employed professional, I know what I am good at, and I know where I need assistance. This is another reason I sought the support of knowledgeable people.

Thank you for reading and considering my plea. I am aware this is a large ask. Please know I am grateful for any and every contribution, irrespective of size.

Can you help me reach this dream?

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