New Group Home Courtesy of Erie Gives Donations | Barber National Institute

Donations Benefit New Group Home

 Erie Gives Donations | Barber National Institute

A new addition will soon be welcomed to Erie’s east Bayfront neighborhood anchored by the Barber National Institute.  The modern, 4,800-square-foot structure will offer enhanced accessibility for adults with significant physical challenges.

Construction is underway on the facility, located at 203 East Ave.  The group home, expected to open in fall 2019, will offer: 

  • An attractive brick edifice with an outdoor patio accented by flower gardens and trees.
  • Four spacious bedrooms providing privacy for personal care needs. An office near the cluster of bedrooms keeps staff close by throughout the night.
  • Two living areas providing flexibility for residents’ interests and preferences.
  • A large kitchen with portions of the counter at wheelchair level to enable residents to participate in meal preparation.
  • Circular driveway for easier transportation.
  • Two completely accessible bathrooms.
  • Wider doorways and hallways.

The new home represents another significant investment in the east Bayfront neighborhood that the Barber National Institute has been committed to for more than six decades. In all, more than $4.5 million has been spent on renovations to buildings, improved lighting and other outdoor security features, and the development of green spaces.


The new facility is designed by Roth Marz Partnership and construction is being completed by Building Systems Incorporated (BSI) of Erie.  Donors interested in supporting the construction project are encouraged to contact Laura Schaaf, director of Giving, at the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation at 814-874-5802 .