The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton (Trappist monk, writer, theologian and mystic)

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton (Trappist monk, writer, theologian and mystic)

Flexible Solution for Unique Needs

Your child may flourish living in a supportive intentional community, in a suburban single family house or in an urban apartment. (S)he may enjoy living alone, in the company of others with similar abilities or in the company of people of different ages and abilities. As a loving parent, your noble task is to determine where your child will flourish and see to it that (s)he is able to live in such a place. We can help.

Let’s face it,

the last thing we want to think about, let alone solve, is where my special needs child will live when they can no longer live at home. Chances are they will outlive us. Ironically, we don’t want to think about it, yet it’s one thing that keeps us awake at night.

Parent of young man who will need to live in a supportive community.

Living Unlimited is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charity helps families establish and oversee the care and management of communities for people with and without disabilities to live safe, supportive, balanced, fulfilling lives with dignity, purpose, warmth, culture and employment, while encouraged to be as self-sufficient as possible and to reach their full potential.

Living Unlimited is helping families explore

Three Different Housing Concepts

A highly desirable model is for homes to be a mix of young adults with special needs and neurotypical Home Companions who would provide a family-like context to life. In California, support services and day programs would be provided by independent third-party companies holding vendor contracts with a regional center. However, Living Unlimited would provide a Community Manager to ensure the welfare of Residents and oversee the provision of services by others. The Home Companions and Community Managers would be the parents’ eyes and ears protecting the welfare of their children.

Integrated Rural Communities

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Clustered Suburban Homes

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Multi-Unit Urban Homes

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Integrated Rural Communities

“Integrated Properties” are properties where there is a multitude of houses on one site. Properties such as this are rare and hard to come by. Other organizations have established such housing (mostly in other states) and they are thriving. They are, however, all full and provide no solution for our children. Additionally, since they were established as being all encompassing (meaning they not only provide housing, but include all services such as day programs, ILS or SLS), they may no longer be acceptable under the new rules and guidelines put in place by CMS. Living Unlimited’s concept is that housing and services are separate. LU manages the housing and outside vendors provide the services residents require.

About one-third of our Living Unlimited families report that an intentional community would be their first choice option for their adult disabled child.

If you feel your child might thrive in an inclusive community where nature and beauty are manifest in the raising plants and animals and the passing of the seasons, this option may be ideal. Take your child to a local petting zoo, equestrian park, park or large garden. If they seem to be at peace, you are probably on the right track.

Our First Housing Endeavor

Clearwater Ranch in Cloverdale, Sonoma County

We know these sorts of opportunities are incredibly rare, so when a property presents itself we act. To this end, we now own Clearwater Ranch and are accepting applications to fill 8 to 10 openings at prices hovering around $350,000 per family (single occupancy bedroom).

The property is in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley wine country. It is comprised of 9 homes totaling 34 bedrooms, a commercial kitchen, gymnasium, shallow swimming pool and garden space all bordering a large reserve.

Our first set of residents have moved in and we have tours regularly. Please consider a visit.

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Clustered  Single Family Homes

Mostly Suburban

Our clustered home concept revolves around what we call an “anchor property”. A large property which can provide amenities that a typical suburban home may not have such as a large community room, a place for farm animals, room for an orchard and plenty of land for gardening. The community then gets filled out by homes close by (usually in a suburban development) that residents can live in and be within walking distance of the anchor and it’s amenities. Living in a suburban home is similar to the way most of our children are now living.

Thanks to “Angel Investors”, we have recently purchased a 4,000 plus square foot house on 5.5 acres in Petaluma to be the “anchor” for our first clustered home community.

Multi-Unit Homes

Mostly Urban – Apartments, Repurposed Assisted Living Homes or Converted Motels

This type of housing is located in more urban setting with the advantage of easy access to amenities.

To date, we have not identified any attractive properties, but have looked at enough to be able to describe what is in the market and what our options might be.

Volunteer with Us!

We welcome you to offer your help, assistance and services to build and develop a loving and supporting community.
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We believe…

That all people have a unique and precious essence and raison d’etre to be honored, supported and cultivated.

That all lives have purpose and meaning, and that the role of Living Unlimited is to allow and encourage all people to find themselves and fulfil their destinies.

In providing an opportunity for all our participants to develop a sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

That everyone has unique interests and aspirations, which they approach in their own way and own pace.

In creating and promoting opportunities for our farmers and ranchers to grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, culturally and spiritually by encouraging them to make their own decisions as to interests, activities and friends.

That all people, regardless of their abilities, have innate value and dignity and will be treated with respect.

In the the concept of self-determination. All people, including those with disabilities, have the right to establish their own friendships and to choose the environments in which they live, work, and play.

That the rights, interests and preferences of all should be honored, including the right to be fully included in the mainstream of society, the right to associate with others with special needs, and the right to solitude.

In helping the people with whom we work to develop self-reliance and independence and also to learn interdependence and the ability to work with others.

That the programs at Living Unlimited should be molded to fit the needs of the people we serve, rather than demanding them to mold themselves to fit the program.

In the concept of a hierarchy of needs. Each day and for each farmer and rancher, we will strive to ensure the fulfillment of basic physiological and safety needs, promote opportunities for love and belonging. At the same time, we will address esteem needs, such as freedom of choice, competence, pride in achievement, mastery, independence, self-respect, respect from others.

In person-centered planning, where the needs of the individual are paramount.

In creating a place for exceptional people to be themselves, free of the pressure to be someone other than who they are.