Families in Transition is The Branch initiative for individuals who are eager to assume more independence but who need considerable support. JRS has partnered with Verland, another nonprofit agency, to bring two small licensed community living arrangement (CLA) to Squirrel Hill. Also, in partnership with other local organizations, JRS presents free education for families of individuals with disabilities. Educational topics include future planning, housing, waivers and advocacy.
Community Living Arrangements
The Solomon and Sarah Goldberg House
The Solomon and Sarah Goldberg House, which opened in Squirrel Hill in October 2014, is a community living arrangement that celebrates Jewish culture, with a kosher kitchen, Shabbat meals and holiday celebrations. Three young men with intellectual disabilities live there, with support from a full-time staff, volunteers and their families. Fully accessible and located in close proximity to the Jewish Community Center and several synagogues as well as the public library and other neighborhood amenities, the home is designed to help residents be engaged in the community. The Branch worked with Verland to raise money and develop a list of interested parties. Verland, as the licensed provider, handles all staffing and clinical issues, while The Branch helps to facilitate connections with local congregations, neighbors and groups.
The Solomon Family House
The Solomon Family House opened in 2021 and is also a community living arrangement run the same as the Goldberg House, however this house is name after Lois and Robert Solomon. “My parents were passionate about people with special needs. Their grandson Jeffrey was such an individual. They understood the challenges that families face and the life changing support that a home like this can provide,” explained Ed Solomon, son of the late Lois and Robert Solomon.
Tuesday, November 15, 5pm