Twin sisters build homes for people with developmental disabilities

Posted by Pam Blanton on October 1, 2010

Published in Lakeland Times by Joyce Laabs

“Every human being deserves the chance to have as normal a life as possible.”

This has always been the belief of Joy Hanser and Jan Campbell, twin sisters. They are now in a position to perhaps do something in the Lakeland area to support this belief.

It all began in 2005 when Jan, who lives in Avoca, Iowa, was impacted by a reduction in the workforce at a large international company located in Omaha, Neb.

“Our father was a building contractor, so I knew a great deal about building, and I had lots of exposure to the construction process. I decided to use that background, find a house, remodel it and rent it,” Jan said.

“Then I met the principals of REM (REM are the initials of the man who started the company) who provide a full range of community-based residential and non-residential supports to adults and children with developmental disabilities or acquired brain injury. They were looking for someone to provide both neighborhood housing as well as office and workshop facilities. I thought this is something Joy and I could do.

“I called Joy, who lives in Lac du Flambeau, and asked her to partner with me to build these specially-designed homes and workshops for the people for whom REM provided services.

“The housing is built on slab structures to allow easy access. There are no steps. The floor surfaces minimize tripping. There are wide hallways to accommodate assistive devices as well as roll-in showers. The workshops provided a wide variety of work and life skill activities.

“Joy was excited to be a part of a company that would have such a positive impact on people’s lives and so we founded Double Vision Development, LLC.  READ MORE

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