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After opening 137 places, participation in the creation of 105 new places in the Brussels Region for people with a mental disability.
1. La Maisonnée: Residential center: Spring 2016 to Spring 2021
2. Les Piloux: nursery: January 2017 to early fall 2021
3. CREB Anderlecht: new day centre: January 2017 to Spring 2021
4. CREB Woluwe: New day and accommodation centers: January2019 to Autumn 2023
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 six projects, those of the Asbl Villa Pilifs, Farra Bruxelles-Capitale, Artos, La Maisonnée , les Piloux ,le CREB Anderlecht and le Creb Woluwe.
The “Villa Pilifs” opened in March 2015, which meant 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.
The Artos daycenter for the creation of a Bakery workshop-for 25 persons with a mental disability-was our sixth house.The opening took place in September 2018.
We gave a large cheque to the project carried by the Asbl La Maisonnée of a new house.This house will welcome 10 mentally handicapped people who are fragile(dual diagnosis). The buiding permit has been obtained. Following the tender offer,a contractor has ben selected.Construction will start on december 2nd.This will be our seventh house.
Our eigth house in cooperation with l’Asbl les Piloux will be a new day nursery.This nursery will welcome about 20 infants ,half of them with a mental disabilty.The building permit has been obtained. In order to choose the bulding contractor,we have obtained approval from Cocof to carry a negociated procedure.We have just received proposals from 4 companies. We are currently analysing these offers and hope to reach a conclusion by the end of October. Then we will need the agreement of the administration, which can take 2 to 3 months. We are currently supporting this project financially.
We support the Asbl Creb for two different projects:
-Our 2017/18 fund raising campaign went to the opening of a second centre (30 places) for polyhandicapped children.We found a great piece of land in Andelecht with a very low lease .We have received the building permit.The next step was the technical file preparation.Our final choice is made and has been submitted to the administration at the end of September, which has the same deadline as for the crèche des Piloux to approve the conclusions of the call for tenders. But in addition, we will need the agreement of the new government of the Brussels region, meeting in College, to be able to decide on the starting date for the work on our 9th house, which is planned for the first quarter of 2020. This will be our eight house.
-In 219/2020 we will suport again the Asbl Creb to expand and fully renovate the Woluwe day and accomodation centres.These will be our tenth and eleventh houses.To-day’s buildings have become unfit(asbestos) and too small to meet updated norms.We need to rebuild completely or have to close.The preliminary design has been submited to the administration for approval.
In summary, it is close to 250 places ( 137 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).
Our annual theatrical evening took place place on April 23, 2019 and benefited for the eleventh time in a row, from the gracious support of Her Majesty Queen Paola.
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.
Artos and its new daycentre
TArtos is a new Asbl .It is developing a new daycentre with two workshops: a bakery and a fruit pressing for 25 people with a mental disability. These people will also be in contact with customers as products will be sold in an on-site shop.
The new building is completed .The opening took place on September 17 .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.
Projects in execution
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 and selected by the regulatory authorities.This selection guaranteed the payment of the running costs.
The building permit has been received ,the technical specifications approved and following the tender offer, a contractor has been selected. Construction will start by the Fall.
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
Our eight house will be a nursery for young infants in cooperation with Asbl les Piloux. This nursery will welcome 21 infants, about half of them with a mental disability.
Mixing “normal” infants with some carrying a handicap will allow us to avoid the isolation that young parents of handicapped children meet too often.
This project has the support of l ’Office de la Naissance et de l’enfance (ONE), Cap 48, the ROGER DE SPOELBERCH Foundation and the Brussels Region (COCOF). We support this project with 200.000€
The project is well advanced since we have obtained the building permit. Also, the technical file has been approved. Construction should start in January 2020 and end in Spring 2021. We have obtained approval from Cocof to carry a negociated procedure.The results will be available in early September.
The new nursery will be in Neder-Over-Heembeek on of a piece of land les Piloux bought for a low price.
Construction will start by the first days of 2020.
3d drawings of the future nursery
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. Currently, children coming from the North-West of Brussels spend 4 to 5 hours daily in transportation. This is a total non-sense!
Further,to-day’s buildings have become unfit(asbestos) and too small to meet updated norms.We need to rebuild completely or have to close.
- Ninth house: Creb Anderlecht
Hence, first 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 ».
The project has been approved by the Ministers of the Brussels region. We have applied for the building permit and obtained it extremely fast. The technical specifications have also been approved. The tender offer has been launched and the results due in early July .Construction will start by the first days of 2020.
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 mock-up of the future house
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, the national lotery and an outstanding contribution from Cap 48.
Constellations plays a major role in all aspects of this project.
- Tenth and eleventh houses in Woluwe: expansion and renovation of the day and accommodation buildings (this is the second project). We must do this or close
The ground floor needs rebuilding. A first-floor needs be added. The living surfaces will need to be increased by +/- 1 000 m² and will allow the upgrading of the rooms, the sanitary equipment, … to-day’s two buildings will be merged in one, the day and the accommodation centres. The works will be phased in time since it is impossible to close.
We are at the stage of the preliminary design. This project will only materialize with the support of CAP 48, The National Lottery, The Brussels Rotary and generous private donors. First contacts are quite encouraging. As for the CREB Anderlecht, Constellations is ready to assume the leadership of this project
The mock-up of the future house
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 email@example.com.