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After years of work, Minnesota mom creates apartments for disabled adults and now eyes expansion

March 17, 2019 11:02 PM

When Minnesota mom Linda Bialick saw a problem several years ago, she found the perfect solution. Now, others from around the country want to know how she did it.

Bialick struggled finding a good place for her adult daughter, Amy, who has Down syndrome, to live.

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Bialick wanted her daughter to have the same options other people her age have, including a beautiful place to live.

It took 10 years for Bialick to create Cornerstone Creek Apartments in Golden Valley, but she made it happen.

"We have 45 units of affordable housing for adults with developmental disabilities where they live totally independent," Bialick said.

Many of the tenants have staff who provide support, but they've also got friends at Cornerstone Creek, and they have the choice to hang out in their apartments or take part in different activities.

"We provide social opportunities, educational, and out in the community," said Alyssa Golob.

Golob is the executive director of J-HAP, a nonprofit that provides programs and support for tenants, a big part of what makes Cornerstone Creek so successful.

Golob says it's all about expanding independence. And, other families of adults with disabilities have taken notice.

After opening in January 2017, Cornerstone Creek has been full ever since and has a waitlist over 100 people.

"We have had numerous calls from people around the country to see how they can replicate this model," Bialick said.

Bialick and Golob are now creating a framework to share with others who want more for their children.

"I said, personally, I'm going to do one building and that will be the end of it, but we see such a need," said Bialick.

Now, within the next couple years, the two are hoping to have more apartments built.

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