SPECIAL DAY: Client Russell Buttrum with facility co-ordinator Jodi Scott at the opening of Jubilee House at Goonellabah.
SPECIAL DAY: Client Russell Buttrum with facility co-ordinator Jodi Scott at the opening of Jubilee House at Goonellabah. Doug Eaton

Facility a dream come true

THE opening of St Carthage's Community Care Jubilee House yesterday brought an emotional end to years of anticipation for disability support worker Jodi Scott.

Purpose built to offer those with a disability an escape, the care facility allows the development of independent living skills, participation in recreational activities and respite for carers and families.

Jubilee House client Russell Buttrum, who has various disabilities, shared in Ms Scott's jubilation and heaped praise on the new facility and its 22 staff members.

"It's like this - I like coming here, I enjoy my time here and there's really no fault," he explained.

"The staff and carers are all nice, the clients I come with are very enjoyable to stay with and I haven't got a bad fault about it."

Ms Scott said she was exceptionally proud to see the Jubilee House open for her 104 clients, who range in age from five to 74.

"It's been six to seven years and I've got an amazing team that I work with," she said.

"It's a fantastic organisation and it's finally come to fruition.

"We all feel very proud. Our clients are everything to us and without the clients what would we have? An empty building without staff."

Community Care chief executive Geoff Costello was pleased to have a purpose-built facility to help those with disabilities in the Northern Rivers.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell agreed and described the opening as a very special day for the city.

"Today is a dream come true. It's the realisation of a vision of care in our community," she said.

Attendees at the opening included Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, Bundjalung elder Auntie Dorrie Gordon, State MP for Lismore Thomas George, and Federal MP for Page Kevin Hogan.

Jubilee House was built with funds from the New South Wales Government and a substantial contribution by St Carthage's Cathedral Parish.



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