It is estimated that in Colorado, more than 8,000 adults with developmental disabilities live with caretakers who are over 60.
Our first project is an apartment building with 67+ units. 50% with developmental disabilities and the rest from the general population.
The tenants will operate the building on the model of a cooperative, with decisions made by a vote of the group as a whole.
Homes of Their Own!
This concept was inspired by the success of Stepping Stone Support Center, a sister company, which since 2013 has provided prevocational and life skill training, job placement and job coaching services, and also facilitated social events and community connections. The Center now serves more than 100 individuals with developmental disabilities and has been enormously successful in guiding these individuals to live meaningful and productive lives.
But one important piece was missing: Homes of Their Own!
The individuals we work with are first and foremost ADULTS, and like all adults, they deserve to live independently in a place of their own. However, safe and appropriate options are rare and financially out of reach for the majority of these adults.
So, in 2016, a group of parents, Stepping Stone staff and other friends of Stepping Stone came together to create the nonprofit corporation: Stepping Stone Communities, for the purpose of providing innovative and affordable options for homes where adults with developmental disabilities can lead full and meaningful lives.
After hundreds of hours of research and discussion, Stepping Stone Communities has selected its first project – building an apartment building with 67+ units for both adults with DD and members of the general population and plenty of community space for meals and recreation.