As we discussed in our previous blog post, TWG works with countless local nonprofits across the country to serve disadvantaged populations and provide resources to better serve its 100+ housing communities.
Working with Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) One of these partnerships is right here in TWG’s home state, at Line Lofts Apartments in Indianapolis. TWG has partnered with Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) to develop Line Lofts, an affordable senior living community that prioritizes senior residents with visual impairments. VIPS is an organization that provides early intervention for children ages birth to 3 who are blind or visually impaired, and empowers families by providing resources to build a strong foundation for children to reach their highest potential.
One-fifth of units at Line Lofts are specially designed and are reserved for seniors with visual impairments. The community offers specific features that aid visually impaired residents, including oversized elevator buttons, tactile markings and dedicated ride sharing pickup spots, as well as a park area and washing station for service animals. The community sits conveniently next to the Blue Line Rapid Transit corridor, allowing senior residents with visual impairments to easily travel throughout Downtown Indianapolis.
Creating a dedicated resource center Line Lofts is the home of the VIPS Simon and Estelle Knoble Family Resource Center, an over 6,000 square-foot center that allows VIPS to provide for Indiana’s youngest children who are blind or visually impaired and their families, and offers services such as early intervention, orientation and mobility, preschool transition assistance, advocacy training and parent events.
The VIPS Family Resource Center includes: A lending library filled with braille and tactile books especially for babies and toddlers as well as parent resources available for check out as well; An adaptive playground; A sensory room; A “Toddler Town” specifically designed to meet the curiosity and educational needs of children with visual impairments; Two activity rooms with child-size furniture, appropriate toys and technology to support children with low vision, and a place where children can be assessed; A teletherapy room; A sensory garden; and An office space for staff and storage for adaptive equipment.
Elevating the partnership through events When the community first opened in 2021, TWG held a grand opening event for the property featuring speeches, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the new property, which was attended by over 250+ residents, influencers, stakeholders and community members.
Line Lofts is an important project for the city of Indianapolis, and TWG is honored to provide a space for aging members of the community to stay in the neighborhoods they have long called home. Line Lofts aligns with the Promise Zone’s Live IndyEast goals to create affordable housing that will benefit new and existing neighbors.
As TWG grows its presence nationwide and announces new developments, TWG expands its partnerships and forges new relationships with local nonprofits such as VIPS. Interested in living at Line Lofts or taking a tour? Check out the website.