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Goodwill to Cut Ribbon on Housing for People with Disabilities
Apartments Named after Local Resident and Goodwill Supporter Jean Devereaux
“Jean has been a supporter of Goodwill since 1991,” says Goodwill spokesperson Madison Mitchell. “We are happy to honor her work in the community by naming these apartments after her.”
Devereaux has been a champion for income-sensitive housing in the Southwest Florida area since becoming president of the Southwest Florida GWI Housing Board in 1991. She also served on Goodwill’s Board of Directors. The first complex Goodwill completed was in 1997 at the Park Villas community in North Fort Myers.
The Jean Devereaux Apartments are HUD-approved units designed to accommodate people with physical disabilities. Accessible apartments are constructed with conveniences like assistance railings, widened doorways, roll-in showers, and lowered sinks, countertops, and mirrors. Goodwill’s barrier-free housing communities also have on-site community rooms, a laundry room and a picnic/patio area.
The Jean Devereaux Apartments are located on Atlantic. Ave., between Monterey St. and Capitol St. in North Fort Myers.
Construction of the apartment complex was completed by Westco Builders of Florida, Inc. The complex was designed by Associates in Architecture.
Individuals interested in living in one of Goodwill’s 15 housing communities must meet medical and income requirements, and must pass a background check to be considered for residency. For more application guidelines, call Jean LaValley at (239)995-6100.
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is committed to assisting people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to independence. The revenue generated in the organization’
Goodwill’s housing division, Southwest Florida GWI Housing, provides barrier-free housing for persons with physical disabilities providing the opportunity for affordable, convenient, independent living to enhance the overall quality of life.