If you haven’t heard by now, let me be the first to share our very exciting news: we are the proud owners of a Bed & Breakfast!
On February 16, Human Support Services closed on property at 4505 HH Road in Waterloo that we plan to operate as a bed and breakfast and a group home.
This is a very, very big deal for our HSS family!
While we’re still in the early stages of this project, we envision that this five-bedroom home will become a full-time home for three of our clients with developmental disabilities. The clients, with help and supervision from HSS staff, will work at and operate the B & B.
The clients who will live and work at the B & B will be chosen based on their capabilities, talents and desire to live and work in this setting.
Each client will have his or her own bedroom and bathroom. The remaining two bedrooms will be offered as traditional bed and breakfast rooms, open to the general public and/or our out-of-town guests and family members visiting our clients here at HSS.
I’m particularly excited because this B & B is going to be a fantastic place for many clients – not just those who live there – to gain job valuable job skills and social interaction. As we develop the property and operate the B & B, there will be opportunities in everything from grounds keeping to meal preparation.
You may remember that this property was previously operated as the Waterloo Inn bed and breakfast, came on the real estate market in 2017.
HSS senior management saw the property as an opportunity that could benefit our clients, our organization and the community at large.
The B & B will be an asset to local tourism, and is likely the first of its kind in Illinois.
We are preparing the building for occupancy now and hope to start serving guests in early spring.
I hope you are as excited about this project as I am!