SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – For the past decade, the San Diego developer has focused on building affordable residential properties that include homes for people with special needs. It is a company that goes beyond mandates to an empathy born from personal experience.
“Well, she’s been surprising me for years,” Jim Schmid said of his 17-year-old granddaughter, Avery. “His thinking, his insight and his vocabulary. So, we’re just having these very adult conversations.
Avery lives with “quad spastic cerebral palsy,” which severely impairs his movements, but not his intellect.
“I mean she’s fun to be with,” Jim said. “Because she says provocative things. And they’re well thought out, so you better be prepared for an argument if you don’t agree.
In his granddaughter, Jim sees a strong and independent spirit. As the founder and CEO of Carlsbad-based Chelsea Investment Corporation, he is able to help Avery and other people with disabilities live strong and independent lives.
“We wanted to target the group because the homes weren’t built for them,” Jim said.
For decades, Chelsea Investment has provided thousands of affordable homes. About 10 years ago, the company focused on ‘inclusion houses’, ie units specially designed for people with physical disabilities that are included in a more standard development. vast.
“People have issues that are not well known,” Jim said. “Think about how difficult it is to take a bath or a shower if you are not physically mobile? How are you doing that? Well, it’s okay when you’re a little kid. But when are you an adult who wants to take a bath?
To meet such a basic need, some of Jim’s specialty accommodations include a shower that can accommodate a wheelchair. He remembers the gratitude of a Santee resident.
“He was crying and said, ‘The roll-in shower has been the biggest improvement in my quality of life of anything that has happened to me. You’re not going to think about it until an adult gets up in tears and says, thank you for a roll-in shower. You would never think about it. And once that happens, you’ll never forget it, ”Jim said.
In a letter to ABC 10News, his granddaughter, Avery says, “What he does for the San Diego community and people with developmental disabilities like me, he helps them find independence and a home. gives them a space of their own. ”
Chelsea Investment has built 115 specialized units of which 80 are expected to be completed over the next three years.
“I think we keep improving,” Jim said. “Each project is research in development. So you would like to think the next one is a little better.
For his commitment to affordable housing and to helping people with developmental disabilities lead independent lives, we are proud to recognize Jim Schmid and his Chelsea Investment Corporation as recipients of the June ABC 10News Leadership Award.