Built as a single-family residence in 1949, the home at 305 8th Street became a boarding house for NASA contractors in 1962. In 1979 the home became a full-time foster home for adults with mental illness who would otherwise be homeless. Ten years later, Inez and Gordon Bastin accepted two teenagers with intellectual deficiency who had no place to go after being in state custody all of their lives.
The decision to house individuals with an alternate disability caused 305 8th Street to lose state funding. Acoording to the state guidelines, funding is only provided to homes for individuals with the same diagnosis (all mentally ill, all intellectually deficient, all intellectually deficient and mentally ill, or mentally ill with substance abuse). In 1992, the Bastins received non-profit, 501(c)(3) status under the name “Jehovah Jirah” which means “The Lord Provides” in Hebrew.
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