Today would have been our co-founder Kelsey’s 35th birthday.
We honor Kelsey’s legacy in many ways at The Kelsey — in our work being co-led by people with and without disabilities, in our intentional anchoring on policies and housing models that include people with high support needs and/or who don’t use verbal communications, in our drive towards ensuring that people don’t just have housing but have a home and a community of joy, comfort, and interdependence.
But perhaps the most clear way we honor Kelsey is in continued repetition and embodiment of “more”. More isn’t just a sign Kelsey used often, it is a commitment to a belief in abundance.
More defines our mission to increase housing opportunities — building new homes that are affordable, accessible and inclusive. While being disability-forward we also build more homes for mixed incomes, that are racially just, and for diverse needs and communities.
More captures our strategy that we don’t build to the baseline — we design beyond code, we unlock additional funds, we strive for new approaches. We believe the minimum is what we look back on, not what we settle for.
More embodies our values of who has a seat at the table and who has decision making power — adding new voices with expertise and insights that have too long been silenced, centering perspectives and leadership of people with lived experiences including those with disabilities.
Thank you for being part of our community and joining in continuing Kelsey’s legacy to create Home for More.