Supportive Housing for Seniors

Supportive Housing for Seniors

Mary Lee Foundation’s Flagship is a 22 unit building located at 1312 Lamar Square Drive.  It was built in 1972 and renovated with accessibility and ADA upgrades in 2006.  The renovation was a $1.3 million dollar project funded under the HUD Section 202 program for low-income seniors.

Lamar Square Drive is in close proximity to bus stops, shopping, entertainment, restaurants, pharmacies and much more.  The Flagship offers many amenities including free covered parking, onsite maintenance staff, a community courtyard, case management and medication management.  Floor plans include efficiency and 1 bedroom/1 bathroom units.

“Flagship is a place where seniors can come and be healthy, involved, inspired and independent. We provide enrichment programs and activities to promote happiness, independence and total wellness.” – Christina Esparza, HUD Property Manager

Suzanne moved to Austin from Dallas to be near her adult son.  She had grown up in Rockwell, Texas, just outside of Dallas.  When her son was young, Suzanne helped her then husband renovate houses and also found work as a decorator.  Eventually she would find work as a food service supervisor at a nursing home in the Dallas area.

Suzanne has now been in the Mary Lee community for approximately 10 years.  She initially moved into our “Willows” apartment complex.  When Suzanne turned 62, she became eligible to live in “Flagship” – our supportive housing for seniors.  She has since been a happy resident at Flagship for the past five years.

Suzanne lives in her apartment with her 20 year old Senegal Parrot, Molly, and Bronson, a 3 year old Pitbull that was rescued from Hurricane Harvey.  According to Suzanne, Bronson has come a long way after being rescued and has many friends in the Mary Lee community and the surrounding areas.

Being on Lamar Square Drive, Suzanne describes the area as a “grocery store heaven.”  She has easy access to HEB, Whole Foods, Randalls and several others.  Suzanne is lucky to still be able to drive and enjoys that she has covered parking at Flagship.

Suzanne appreciates the life she has created here in the Mary Lee Community.  She is still close with Bob Hollan, the Case Manager at the Willows.  Bob even babysat Molly while there was some work being done on Suzanne’s apartment.  The monthly functions that Christina Esparza, HUD property manager, organizes for the residents are an opportunity for her to get out and socialize with her neighbors.

Recently, Suzanne found out that she was eligible for another HUD program but it would have meant she would have to move out of the community and she has no desire to leave the life she has built here at the Mary Lee Foundation.

If you would like more information about Flagship or our other affordable housing programs, please call (512) 448-9628 or email leasing@maryleefoundation.org.

 

 

A Goodbye Note From Director, Don Lilljedahl

A Goodbye Note From Director, Don Lilljedahl

December 22, 2016

 

Dear Mary Lee Board, Staff, Clients and Friends,

I have found it necessary to submit my resignation to Mary Lee Foundation due to health issues effective December 23, 2016.

The job has not always been easy, but always challenging and fulfilling.  I want everyone to know how much the opportunity to work as Director for Mary Lee has meant to me.  I could not have chosen a more rewarding, uplifting, (and yes, sometimes very difficult!) place to spend my last 47 working years.  My goal has always been to help others whenever and wherever I can.  Mary Lee has given me that opportunity and I leave with the knowledge and the satisfaction that I have, hopefully, in some ways, accomplished this.  One of my favorite quotes is from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To leave this earth a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know that even one life breathed easier because you lived – that is to have succeeded.”  I am grateful that Mary Lee has provided me with the privilege of helping others and to make a positive difference in the lives of special, deserving persons.

I urge you to give Charlene your continued support and a little extra TLC as she continues to guide the ship!  She, along with Fran and Velma, and competent and experienced staff, will, I’m sure, continue to put forth the interests and needs of Mary Lee as they serve their clients.  I continue to have high expectations for Mary Lee knowing that it is in very good hands!

I can’t begin to thank you, Peggy Van Wyk, and all the members of the Board for your commitment, efforts and time that you have given to help guide and support Mary Lee as we strive to fulfill the mission of meeting the unmet needs of our special clients.  It has been a comfort and a pleasure to know and work with each of you.

Blessings to each of you, I’ll stay in touch and hope you do, also.

Don Lilljedahl, Director

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September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

TBIMary Lee Foundation Community Center
1327 Lamar Square Drive   Austin, Texas 78704

Date ~  September 13th 2016             Tuesday Evening
Time ~  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Topic: The Way To Olympia (movie)

This hour and twenty-two minute film is a very uplifting and empowering movie which will dispel any myth one might have regarding a person’s limitations.  The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to meet athletes who will compete at the Paralympic Games in London during 2012.   The film director himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sports who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an ordeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.

He meets United States archer Matt Stutzman, Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen, German swimmer Christiane Reppe, Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis and a Rawandan Sitting Volleyball team. He follows them through their training and all the way to the Paralympic Games in London.  Niko neither spares the athletes nor himself asking questions about life, sport and their own fears. With an ever-growing appreciation for sport, Niko attends the Paralympic Games and travels back to the ancient city of Olympia, where everything began (and where boccia playing is prohibited).  He tells this story with intelligence, wit, depth, passion and insight that set it apart from any other films on the subject.  This awe inspiring film truly highlights how a person lives their live focusing on their abilities.

Featuring:

Niko von Glasow, Greg Polychronidis, Matt Stutzman, Christiane Reppe, Aida Husic Dahlen

Light refreshments will be served.

* All training sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month (same time and location), sessions are free of charge, open to the general public and no reservation is needed.

 

 

September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

September 13th – Brain Injury Information & Training

TBIMary Lee Foundation Community Center
1327 Lamar Square Drive   Austin, Texas 78704

Date ~  September 13th 2016             Tuesday Evening
Time ~  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Topic: The Way To Olympia (movie)

This hour and twenty-two minute film is a very uplifting and empowering movie which will dispel any myth one might have regarding a person’s limitations.  The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to meet athletes who will compete at the Paralympic Games in London during 2012.   The film director himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sports who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an ordeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.

He meets United States archer Matt Stutzman, Norwegian table tennis player Aida Dahlen, German swimmer Christiane Reppe, Greek boccia player Greg Polychronidis and a Rawandan Sitting Volleyball team. He follows them through their training and all the way to the Paralympic Games in London.  Niko neither spares the athletes nor himself asking questions about life, sport and their own fears. With an ever-growing appreciation for sport, Niko attends the Paralympic Games and travels back to the ancient city of Olympia, where everything began (and where boccia playing is prohibited).  He tells this story with intelligence, wit, depth, passion and insight that set it apart from any other films on the subject.  This awe inspiring film truly highlights how a person lives their live focusing on their abilities.

Featuring:

Niko von Glasow, Greg Polychronidis, Matt Stutzman, Christiane Reppe, Aida Husic Dahlen

Light refreshments will be served.

* All training sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month (same time and location), sessions are free of charge, open to the general public and no reservation is needed.

 

 

Southpointe Residents Proudly Participate in Meaningful Relationships Project

Check out this video on safeaustin.org featuring the SafePlace Meaningful Relationships project so many of our Mary Lee residents proudly took part in.

The goal of the Meaningful Relationships project was to create change for community inclusion by demonstrating a replicable model for adults with developmental disabilities to form healthy, safe and meaningful relationships with other people based on shared social, recreational and/or leisure time interests.

To learn more visit: http://www.safeaustin.org/safeprograms/disability-services-asap/inclusive-relationships/