Comment from the Ambassador
Philippe Lebeau

2020 has been a special year for Les Maisons Saint Joseph.

Supervising the renovation of a new home and preparing the transfer of Down syndrome residents in the midst of the pandemic has been a challenge for the whole team.

Work has been slightly delayed compared to initial planning but residents can now benefit from the results of Comgest’s generosity in their new environment and make the most of their kitchen. Family life lies at the very centre of Maisons Saint Joseph’s approach and we all understand the key role of this living area, especially during Covid times.

The pandemic has unfortunately limited the opportunities for on-site visits so far but I have been in frequent contact with the volunteer in charge of supervising the work and have been able to make sure Comgest’s donation is being well used.

I look forward to scheduling a visit to the house before the summer break – sanitary conditions permitting – with Comgest colleagues in order to taste a cake baked on-site by the residents for us!

In the meantime, the transformation of a garage into an activity room in a second house should also be completed.


The purpose of this project is to improve the support, care and living conditions of adults with mental disabilities, mostly Down’s syndrome, welcomed in two homes in Versailles.

Confronted by the lack of facilities dedicated to people with mental disabilities, Maisons St Joseph set up two homes in 2007 with a family atmosphere to welcome adults with mental disabilities in the heart of the city where they can carry out their activities. These homes, which currently host 14 adults, help them to gain autonomy and pursue personal development goals in the long term.

Maisons St Joseph is constantly trying to improve the quality of the support provided to these young adults by adapting the home equipment and providing new facilities in which they can express their creativity.

Impact / Main indicators

An impact assessment is not yet possible. Expected results include:

• Transformation of the garage of one of the homes into a
creativity room for the residents

• Creation of an equipped kitchen for the new home to which 7
residents are going to move shortly

Project sponsors

Maisons Saint Joseph