Every parent anticipates the day their child leaves home, whether that’s to go off to college, get married, or start their own lives. But there are many individuals who don't get the chance to grow up and have a life of their own. They are restricted by a disability and must receive some sort of lifelong care.
As parents of a grown son with autism, and someone will inevitably outlive us but never be able to live entirely on his own, our personal mission and business vision connects in a meaningful way. We believe that it is our responsibility to accelerate the development of safe and sustainable housing options for adults with autism and other intellectual developmental disabilities so that they can become meaningful members of their own communities.
Unfortunately, we can no longer wait for the government or other providers to present a viable and sustainable solution for our son or the thousands of other families facing this pervasive problem. You see, we’ve been there, living day in and day out caring for our son. We know the challenges he faces and continue forward with absolute resolve and commitment to helping as many families as possible. We bring a tremendous passion for success and an immense desire to make a difference, all fueled by the extraordinary joy and love we have for, and receive, from this amazing young man. You see, he is not so different than your son or daughter. But Michael is only one of 500,000 “children” with autism aging into adulthood over the next decade. And the fact is, 87% of these young people continue to live in the family home, with 35% of them requiring 24-hour support.
— Nancy & Jim Richardson
What will happen when their parents are no longer able to provide the appropriate level of care? What happens when their parents are gone?
Our mission is to tackle the challenges adults with autism or other intellectual developmental disabilities and their families face by providing housing that allows those like Michael to live as independently as possible, hold down useful jobs, be connected in their communities, and have the opportunity to live full and meaningful lives. Isn’t that what every parent wishes for?