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After opening 80 places, participation in the creation of 67 new places in the Brussels Region for people with a mental disability.
I. Bakery and fruit pressing workshop Timber
September 2014 to September 2018
II. La Maisonnée: Residential center (day/night)
January 2016 to January 2020
III. CREB 2: Residential center (day/night)
January 2017 to spring 2021
Date: 2017 Quarter 4
Since 2001, Constellations, a non-profit organisation, has worked in the Brussels region to support adults with mental disabilities, with the mission to develop proper housing for them.
After creating 50 places and three houses in Brussels in the space of seven years, we chose to support projects initiated by other associations.
By bringing our know-how/financial support to their projects, we allow them to open more rapidly. These projects must meet the following criteria:-to be in line with the Constellations statement of purpose and to contribute to reducing the shortage of places in Brussels institutions for mentally handicapped people.
Since 2013 we have chosen five projects, those of the Asbl Villa Pilifs, Farra Bruxelles-Capitale, Timber, La Maisonnée and CREB.
The “Villa Pilifs” opened in March 2015, which means the opening of 30 new places in Brussels. This was our fourth house.
The Asbl Farra benefited from a significant financial help for their new day centre.The opening of the new buiding was in October 2016, thus creating 32 places.This was our fifth house.
Timber welcomes 22 people with a mental disability.Timber has announced the creation of a new entity: the Artos project for the creation of Bakery and Fruit pressing workshops-for 25 persons with a mental disability. Construction work started in March 2017 with the opening scheduled in September 2018.This will be our sixth house.
In April ,we gave a large cheque to the new project carried by the Asbl La Maisonnée of a new house in Ittre.This new House is a pilot project which has been selected by the Walloon Region will welcome 10 mentally handicapped people who are fragile.Being selected was great news since this was the only way to obtain the payment of the running costs from the regional authorities. The buiding permit has been obtained . The tender specifications must now be approved by the regularity authority before being published. This will be our seventh house.
Our 2017/18 fund raising campaign will go to the Asbl CREB-our eight house - to open a second centre (30 places) for polyhandicapped children.We found a great piece of land in Andelecht with a very low lease .We have proceeded with the building permit.
The project total cost is 3.2MM.2.1MM is provided by the Brussels Region.We have gathered succesfully the missing 1.100.000€ with the help of Cap 48, the Lokumo foundation managed by the King Baudouin foundation,the Brussels Rotary clubs and the foundation M. M. Delacroix.To be noted ,the outstanding contribution of Cap 48. And a very strong support by Constellations.
In summary, it is close to 180 places (more than 110 already opened)and an equivalent number of jobs that Constellations will have opened, alone or in cooperation with other Asbl, in 12 years (2008-2020).
Constellations in a few words
Since its start in 2001 by a group of parents, Constellations has worked in the Brussels region to support young adults with mental disabilities. There is indeed a dramatic lack of places (day and residence centres) in the capital of Europe.
The Constellations team is composed of parents and scientific authorities coming from the two largest communities of Belgium.
An accomodation center opened in 2008
In 2008, we celebrated our first major success with the opening of a home for ten persons on the Chaussée de la Hulpe in Watermael-Boitsfort.
This project was entirely supported by private donors for an amount of 1.250.000€.A year later ,the house that we had bought and renovated received official recognition and the the running costs are now supported entirely by the Brussels Region.
The College of Ministers of the Brussels region (Cocom) has granted its agreement meaning subsidizing various stages of the project for a total of 2.000.000€ out of the 3.500.000€ project total cost.
A Building Permit was granted in May 2010 and a long-lease contract (sixty years) for the building site was signed in September 2010.
A day center opened in December 2012
An accomodation center opened in March 2013
Two new buildings were built in Etterbeek. The first one, a Day Center welcomes twenty people and provides several activities. The other building includes four flats-welcoming groups of 4 to six people. This place is their home and it is designed as a home with individual rooms within a flat.
This project was run with the support of the College of Ministers of the Brussels region (Cocom) which gave its agreement subsidizing various stages of the project for a total of 2.000.000€ out of the 3.550.000€ project total cost.
Constellations had to raise 1.550.000€ :1.200.000€ for construction and 350.000€ for equipment as its total contribution to Project Etterbeek.
All the running costs are being borne by the Cocom, a cost of 1.700.000€ annually. (1.700.000€/year).
Le Potelier and its new centre “Villa Pilifs”
The opening took place in March 2015.
The « Villa Pilifs » centre welcomes 20 persons including some with a very severe handicap.
10 day centre places were also created in the new building.
Le Farra Bruxelles Capitale and its new day center
The Farra decided for the construction of a new day center-32 people in Auderghem on ground provided by the City. The facility will offer up to-date accommodations to the residents.
The construction started in September 2015 on the new site and is finished.
The opening of the new centre took place in fall 2016.
A year after the opening, the centre is running smoothly.
Timber and the new project (Artos)
Timber currently welcomes 22 people with a mental disability. Their work takes place in the forests around Brussels.
This type of activity is somewhat physically demanding and does not attract women. These facts have led the Timber people to want to create a second day centre.
Timber chose to develop two workshops: a bakery and a fruit pressing. These activities will provide interesting jobs with simple tasks during the production-process. The 25 people will also be in contact with customers as products will be sold in an on-site shop.
TIMBER has been granted a long-term lease of a building located on the site of the Manoir d’Anjou in Brussels. Once built, the new site will offer 850m² of usable space. Renovation is progressing quickly – as can be seen below - and we will open in September 2018.
This project has been approved by the Cocom for an amount of 1.1500.000€, the total cost being 1.900.000€. Constellations, on top of a large cash amount brought the help of several foundations .Timber will bring the balance.
The future dining room has lots of space and lots of natural light!
La Maisonnée and its new project
We are also working on a new house in the context of the day/night center of La Maisonnée in Ittre. This house will be dedicated to fragile persons (double diagnostic) and will welcome ten of them.
We have supported this project with a large cheque.
The project had been presented to the regulatory authorities and extremely well received. Our project was selected in December 2016 .This is a very important decision for us since selection of our project was the only way to guarantee payment of the important running costs.
The building permit has been received end 2017. The tender specifications must now be approved by the regularity authority before being published. And construction should start at the end of the summer of 2018.
Drone satellite picture of the future location of the new house
In grey, the actual buildings: on the left, the day centre, on the right, the accommodation centre
The CREB 2
The asbl Creb is a living place for children with multiple disabilities including a severe mental handicap.
The day care centre located in Woluwe welcomes 55 children and teenagers. A large group of these, 27 are living there full-time. The waiting list is on average four to five years.
At this time, children coming from the North-West of Brussels spend 4 to 5 hours daily in transportation. This is a total non-sense!
Hence the project of the Asbl Creb to open a second centre in the North-West of Brussels.
Our first priory was to find a place where to build. We got agreement for a great piece of land in Anderlecht, the right location. This land was given to us by a regional public entity via an emphyteutic lease for a very low annual 25.000€ « canon ».
We have received final project approval by the Ministers of the Brussels region. We have just applied for the building permit, having obtained all the necessary authorisations. We also obtained approval for a fast track, meaning 9 to 10 months for processing the whole file!
This new centre will not only reduce the time lost in transportation and cut it by 50%, but it will also create 30 places.
This project will be financed by the Brussels Region thanks to a special 2,1million/€ budget.
The missing 1.100.000€ will be provided by Constellations, the Lokumo Foundation managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, the Brussel’s Rotary clubs, the foundation M. M. Delacroix and an outstanding contribution from Cap 48.
Constellations plays a major role in all aspects of this project.
The existing building in La Woluwe
The future site of CREB 2
The plans of the ground floor
Conclusion – How you can help Constellations
If you are a Belgian fiscal resident and wish to make a tax deductible donation, simply wire your donation to the account of Fondation Roi Baudouin at the bank de la Poste:
IBAN : 000-0000004-04
and add the following mention 012/0480/00083 - (for donations above 40 € and more).
If you are a French fiscal resident and wish to do a deductible donation, write your check to the order of: Fondation de France/T00459/TGE - Constellations - Belgium.
Checks are to be sent to Fondation de France, 40 av Hoche 75008 PARIS- attention N. Kihel.
If you are a company, you can make donations according to the same principles as above.
Our operating costs (a little under 5%) have been limited to the absolute minimum, such that virtually all the funds collected can be used for the project.
Finally, if you have technical, financial or legal expertise you wish to contribute to this cause, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.