The Medina Creative Transitions home, 3987 Miller Drive, Brunswick, will be home to students with disabilities pursuing higher. NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE
BRUNSWICK — Medina Creative Transitions celebrated the opening of its new eight-bedroom facility Wednesday with a reception attended by more than 50 members of the Brunswick community and city leaders.
The building will be the new home to students in the Post Secondary Residential College program. The program offered by Medina Creative Housing, provides academic support, career and independent living skills to those with disabilities attending college.
Medina Creative Housing CEO Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty said the new building, at 3897 Miller Drive, will help fill a void for individuals with disabilities who are pursuing higher education.
“This is the first fraternity of individuals with disabilities who are coming together to pursue their dreams of higher education and employment and controlling their own destiny,” said DePasquale-Hagerty.
Jeff Sampson, who is currently studying Language Interpretation at Cuyahoga Community College, said the program means that he will be able to live on his own in a home that works for him.
Sampson said he is looking forward to, “the accessibility of it all and being able to live on my own and be able to do it successfully.”
Brunswick Councilman Brian Ousley, at-large, read a proclamation from Mayor Ron Falconi, who was unable to attend, welcoming Medina Creative Housing to the city of Brunswick.
Carl DeForest, city manager and community development director, said the project was an idea that was brought to fruition.
“Years ago I got involved with Medina Creative Housing to try and increase the opportunities for addressing the gap in service that existed within the city of Brunswick,” said DeForest. “Today counts because we are addressing a very important need that exists not only in the city of Brunswick but throughout the United States.”
DePasquale-Hagerty said that only 5 percent of students with disabilities who attempt college in the United States actually earn a degree.
“It is not because of lack of ability,” she said. “It is because of not having the proper support around them to assure their success, and that is what this program is doing.”
Those participating in the Medina Creative Transitions program will be able to live at the home while they are working toward completing their degree.
“They can stay in this program,” said DePasquale-Hagerty. “There is no limit. They can stay and work toward their four-year degree if that is their goal. We are always working on goal setting and reaching those goals.
“It is very much individualized to each student and what their goals are for the future.”
Funding for the $800,000 project came from donations and grants, including a $100,000 grant from the state received in March. Project partners included Castle Construction, Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and Cuyahoga Community College.
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