Supported Living Services

Banchero Disability Partners provides twenty-four-hour support services and case management to adults with developmental disabilities.

We are proud of the fact that for the past four years our biennial State of Washington, DSHS program evaluations were flawless, and that our clients, their guardians, and our staff consistently rate us as an excellent place to get services or to work.

We provide support and education in areas of daily living such as: meal-planning, nutrition, cooking, shopping, budgeting, bill-paying, banking, cleaning, laundry, exercise, social skills, and using public transportation.

We provide financial and case management to make sure our clients have desirable jobs, social security income, subsidized housing, utility assistance, excellent medical care, and mental health services when needed.

We support and encourage our clients to enjoy recreation, enrichment, and leisure activities such as: joining sports programs, attending classes and cultural events, and volunteering their assistance to worthy causes.

We work with our clients so they understand and are part of the political process that affects their lives, advocate for their civil rights, and be full participants in their communities.

We serve people who have a wide variety of needs: from those who experience profound intellectual disabilities and require constant protective supervision, to others who need only financial or medical assistance. The age range of our clients is from about 20 to 60 years old. Many of the people we help experience a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis, and some have survived great hardships such as abuse or homelessness. Most of our clients live in single apartments among clusters of their friends. A few of our clients share a home with one or more roommates.

If you are interested in receiving our services, please obtain a referral from your Developmental Disabilities Administration Case Manager, and give us a call.

 

 

Relationship Class

Banchero Disability Partners has offered a relationship class to our clients and other community members since 1993. The class teaches the fundamentals of building friendships and loving relationships. It covers safety awareness, sexual assault prevention, how to create and maintain friendships, and how to improve communication in all relationships. Class members learn how to ask someone on a date and the practices of safe sex. Other topics include anatomy, body language, and cross- cultural communication. The Relationship Class is open for a small fee to all adults who have developmental disabilities. Please contact relationshipclass@banchero.org to receive upcoming class information.

 

Affordable Housing

In 2008 Banchero Disability Partners was threatened with eviction from the apartment complex where many of our clients and our staff offices had been located for 17 years. Together with our stakeholders, we made a plan to secure permanent housing. With help from our generous donors, we purchased the 20-unit Midvale apartment building and later changed the name to The Ramsey. The Ramsey is a comfortable home, located near shops, parks, busses and city amenities, on a quiet North Seattle side street. The apartments were originally built as condo units, so they are spacious and well-appointed. 

Ramsey Apartments

In addition to housing for our clients, The Ramsey provides housing for other low-income tenants, including 4 units reserved for previously homeless people with severe and persistent mental illnesses (referred by Downtown Emergency Services) and 2 units for previously homeless veterans (referred by Veterans Affairs Community Housing and Outreach Services), two populations disproportionately affected by homelessness. The Ramsey also has 2 units reserved for low-income tenants from the general population. 

Since purchase, we have made many sustainability upgrades to improve the building’s value, reduce bills, save water and energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These green improvements include installation of new siding, a new roof, and double-paned windows. With contributions and support we were able to install low-flow toilets, water-efficient showerheads, and LED lighting. Recently with donations from we were able to upgrade many of the building’s old appliances to new, energy-efficient models including the refrigerators, range hoods, dishwashers, stoves garbage disposals, and clothing washers and dryers. These sustainability projects have reduced our environmental footprint and have saved our agency, clients, and low-income tenants a significant amount of money.

Funds for initial and ongoing building improvements have come from The Employees Community Fund of Boeing, The Norcliffe Foundation, The City of Seattle’s HomeWise Program, and Seattle Public Utility District Multifamily toilet program, Wells Fargo, and many other generous donors.