Updated: Jan 11
The White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) is providing professional care to the community for almost 50 years. The Sister Basilia Center and Guided Living are part of the WYCCF and provide a semi-independent living for (young) adults with an intellectual disability. The Guided Living department, which is located in Guana Bay, Hope Estate, organizes activities that increase the client's independence and social skills. There are 10 apartments, which provide housing for 12 clients. The clients live partially independent and receive 24/7 care from Group leaders, who assist them with living skills every day. In their free time, you can catch them having fun, doing tours on the island, karaoke, movie, and happy hour amongst other things. One thing is that they love to have a good time and meeting and greeting new persons.
The objective of the Guided living group was to strive to ensure that the clients have full opportunities in society. Due to the disabilities of the clients, the step towards complete independence is often too big, so this form of semi-independence is essential. You can see that, because of this semi-independent environment, the clients thrive and improve significantly. It also allows the WYCCF staff to provide tailored support to each individual. On a day-to-day basis, clients has gained part-time employment at St. Martin’s Home, Lydia Flower shop, St. Maarten Medical Center, and Cake House. Which are great examples of what the right environment and support can do for the autonomy of the client.
With the project Guided living project, we wanted to strengthen the client to take from a realistic perspective on his or her own capabilities and make his or her own decisions to the best of their abilities. The clients have come a long way. They sharpened their skills and personalities by gaining control over their lives with an Intellectual Disability, and thereby have a rightful seat in the community of St. Maarten.
Over the years, Guided Living has had many highlights. Too many to share, but one of the highlights was in 2015 when they all went on their very first Cruise ever where they visited, the near-bearing islands like Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, and Isla Margarita. This trip was a lot of fun and unforgettable for the clients.
On Feb 1st, 2021 Guided living will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have decided yet to celebrate in a quiet and safe manner. An organized weekend hotel stay at Simpson Bay Resorts for all clients and the team. Full with touristic activities a Sunset cruise amongst other activities.
Reflecting on the 10 years we of the Guided Living would like to thank the community and stakeholders like AVBZ funds for financing the care, Cigar Lounge, Director of St. Maarten Housing Development Foundation for supporting us.