The Resident Homes in Catalonia were set up at the end of the 70s to give response to the needs of housing for people with intellectual disabilities who were left without family.
The Association Sant Tomàs began its arrangements to get its first Resident Home at the end of the 70s. It was not until 1995, though, that they had the infrastructure and the economic capacity to carry out the project. On the 23rd January of 1995 the first Resident Home opened in the County of Osona: 1 flat with a capacity for 8 users.
Quite soon, it was obvious that the service had to grow. This growth was produced with the rehabilitation of the floor that was above the house. From 2002, the Entity went from having a Resident Home of 8 users to having 2 connected units between them with a total of 16 users.
But the demand continued higher than the supply. On the 7th of March 2005, we opened a new Resident Home of 16 users in the town of Manlleu, giving a response to the needs of another town in the county of Osona.
The present brings us to see the service as an area of growth. New options of the Resident Home are currently being studied to give cover to the growing need of housing from the users of the services of our institution. One of the most advanced projects is the creation of a Resident Home for 12 users in the town of Centelles.
The Service of Support to the Autonomy in the Own Home (SSAOH) was born in 2001. The first service began on the 16th October 2002, when support was started to be given to one user of the Service of the Occupational Therapy of the Association.
During 2004 and 2005 the service increased giving response to another person who was living alone and, at the same time, to a communal group of 4 people who shared housing and its expenses.
Between 2006 and 2007 the increase of people receiving this support in their own home increased considerably, changing to arrange 2 rented flats with 4 people assisted in each of them.
At present we are working to structure 2 rented flats with 3 people living together in each one, and the service of support is provided to 7 people in their own homes.