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20 E Street South Portland, Maine. Why Are You Here?. I Love my Child I Want her to … Be Happy Be safe Be social Be as independent as possible Live in a family setting Enjoy a stable, long term living environment Have access to community. Can I Let Go?. She is Still My “Baby”

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20 e street south portland maine

20 E StreetSouth Portland,Maine


Why are you here
Why Are You Here?

  • I Love my Child I Want her to …

  • Be Happy

  • Be safe

  • Be social

  • Be as independent as possible

  • Live in a family setting

  • Enjoy a stable, long term living environment

  • Have access to community


Can i let go
Can I Let Go?

She is Still My “Baby”

He Need Us and Depends Upon Us

Only We Can Give Her What She Needs

Pressure From Self & Others – “Should”

Is What We Are Enabling a Good Thing?


Our vision
Our Vision

  • Give our children the opportunity to meet their potential

  • Give our children some independence

  • Provide our children with the personal dignity of self-determination

  • Provide for our adult children with disabilities what we have provided for their siblings

  • Build an adult relationship between us and our children


Housing options
Housing Options

  • Living At Home

  • Living Alone

  • Live at a state-run group home

  • Live at E Street

    Let’s Examine Each Option


Living at home
Living At Home

  • Lack of Social Contact with Peers

    • Loneliness

  • Community May Not Be Available

  • Independence Compromised

    • Habitual Reliance on Parents

  • Aging Parents

    • Arrangement Will Fail Long Term

    • Siblings not always accessible to help


Living alone
Living Alone

  • Lack of Social Contact with Peers

  • Safety Concerns

  • Nutrition/Hygiene Concerns

  • Apartment Maintenance/Cleanliness

  • Irregular Supervision

  • Loneliness

  • Uncertain Long Term Stability


State run group home
State-Run Group Home

  • Location: Community May Be Inaccessible

  • Resident Mix – Lack of Input/Control

  • Physical Plant – Is this a place I would want to live?

  • Staffing- High Turnover? Underpaid?

  • Long Term Viability

  • Who decides where your child lives?

  • Will they be moved to another home to suit agency needs?

  • Uncertainty of federal/state funding?

  • Is this option even available to your child?


Why e street
Why E Street?

  • E Street provides the social, emotional and living environment that will help my son to develop his own life plan:

  • To have some real independence and control

  • To enjoy companionship in a family setting

  • To create a secure and permanent home

  • To have the pride of home ownership

  • To gain self esteem and dignity

  • Also, I want to keep my promise


What makes 20 e street unique
What makes 20 E Street unique?

  • It is a private model of home ownership

  • Board of Trustees oversees 20 E Street

  • Management services provided by Specialized Housing, Inc.

  • Staff selected, managed and supervised by SHI.

  • Physical plant maintained by SHI

  • Residents create community guidelines


20 e street management specialized housing inc
20 E Street~ Management – Specialized Housing, Inc. ~

  • Over 25 Years of Experience

  • 9 Successful Ongoing Residences

  • Hiring & Management of Staff

  • Operation & Management of Building

  • Assessment and Approval of Residents

  • Transition of Residents to new Home

  • Advice & Support for Families


Guiding principles of specialized housing inc
Guiding Principles of Specialized Housing, Inc.

  • CONTRIBUTION — to enable individuals with disabilities to find ways to contribute to society, through work, community activities, volunteer activities, helping others

  • CONNECTION — to help and support individuals in making positive connections with others that are meaningful, mutually supportive, and life-enriching

  • CELEBRATION — to participate in recognizing the accomplishments of the people we support, to celebrate traditional events, develop new traditions to celebrate, and to make fun a part of their lives

  • COMMUNITY — to facilitate full participation in a community of peers and full participation in the larger community of the neighborhood, city, state, country, and the world


20 e street staffing
20 E Street~ Staffing ~

  • Professionally Interviewed & Assessed

  • Well-compensated

  • Working hours that allow for private life

  • Staff are committed long term

  • Very low turnover

  • Provided personal living space in residence

  • Advice & Support for Families


20 e street home design
20 E Street~ Home Design ~

  • Quality, New Construction

  • Custom Design

  • Energy Efficient – including Air Conditioning

  • Bright Rooms & Common Areas

  • Quality Furnishings

  • Apartments for Staff


20 e street social environment
20 E Street~ Social Environment~

  • Living with Peers

  • Cooking & Dining in a Family Setting

  • Common areas to share entertainment

  • Living in a Vibrant Community

  • Support to Encourage Socializing with Others

  • Quality Private Space for Each Resident


20 e street
20 E Street

  • Ideal Location

  • Safe Residential Neighborhood

  • Vibrant neighborhood just outside the door

  • Easy walk to:

    • Supermarket, Post Office, Coffee Shop, Restaurants, Book Store, Pharmacy, Medical Offices; Eye Care, Goodwill, Video Store

    • Millcreek Park / Greenbelt walking/bicycle path

  • Bus transportation to Downtown Portland, South Portland Recreation Center and The Maine Mall



Community community community
Community, Community, Community

  • E Street Residents Within the House

  • E Street Residents Within the Neighborhood

  • E Street Families With Each-Other

  • E Street Siblings With Parents & Each-Other

  • E Street is Not Just a House – It’s A Home


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20 E Street

~ Home Sweet Home ~

We welcome you to join our group!


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