Governor Rick Scott visited Bishop Grady Villas (BGV) on May 16 to celebrate the awarding of $36 million in state funding for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) waiver waiting list. Residents, staff and guests cheered when Scott made the announcement during the morning press conference. Prior to the conference, Scott spent a moment with each of the residents, as they spoke about their jobs and life at BGV.
“I want every Floridian, including those with disabilities, to have the opportunity to pursue their dreams of finding a job and live their version of the American dream,” Scott said. “With our $36 million investment, we will be making a big impact on many families throughout the state. For the first time in eight years, we are helping more than 750 people move off the APD waiting list where they will receive the services they need to participate in their community and develop skills to find employment.”
Scott invited BGV residents Victoria, Alex and Karen to the podium as he shared with the audience how living at Bishop Grady Villas, made possible through the support APD, has impacted each of their lives.
“We are one big family and we are excited when we can have more people join our family,” said Kevin Johnson, executive director of BGV. “This opportunity through the Legislature’s approval of the Governor’s proposal to add funding to the Medicaid wait list is a way that we can continue to serve people and to add to our family. We are very grateful.”
Bishop John Noonan was pleased with the announcement, saying: “The residents of Bishop Grady Villas stole the show and they showed us how important it is for us to care for those in need.”