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The Road Home Newsletter
Greetings from Living Unlimited (LU). A lot has happened since we last communicated with you through our newsletter.
First and foremost, we are establishing our first Living Unlimited Community! Clearwater Ranch Community in Cloverdale is in the final stages of being purchased. If you think your child would prosper and flourish in a rural environment NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. Founding families are seeking 2 families to round out the initial community. Once these last two families are found other residents will be added on a much slower and deliberative basis. Financing is currently being secured, so as we add families the initial families will be re-paid for half of their initial investment. Making it more affordable.
Please click HERE to get the full scoop on the project. We are also having another informational meeting on Saturday March 10th in Berkeley at the Good Shepard Church on Hearst and 9th Street at 2pm to 4pm. Please RSVP to Susan@living-unlimited.org and put in the subject line "Coming to March 10 Meeting."
California's State Transition Plan has Initial Approval
Members of LU worked hard attending meetings and speaking up for choice and our state has listened. Where other states set a restriction on how many disabled can live in a residence, ours did not.
We're not completely out of the woods just yet, there's still the issue of "heightened scrutiny." See this LETTER to understand more about what other states are saying about heightened scrutiny. We have spoken with our House of Representatives for Alameda and Contra Costa and will soon be having one on one meetings to discuss how to give special needs individuals more choices in housing, not less.
Support a Good Cause
Do you appreciate a good choir? We do too. One of our LU families is in a contest for the Holman prize.
The Holman Prize is for people who are blind, as is Rachel Longan, one of our dear friends and mother of Eric Belmont. Please visit her video HERE and "like" (which means clicking the thumbs up button). Please help her realize her worthy intentions to help others who are blind enjoy music. Deadline for voting is March 7th! Last year's winners were really interesting - you can learn more about them HERE.
is Dancing Again!
LU has signed on to dance at the San Francisco Autism Society's Dance-a-thon on Saturday April 14 at the Cubberly Pavillion in Palo Alto. We would love it if you could join us. Press HERE to go to our team webpage. By signing up and raising a small or even better, LARGE amount you insure that the non-profit Living Unlimited will be able to continue to support our developmentally disabled friends and loved ones with their life-time housing needs. Our goal is $5,000 which will help defray much of our expenses this year; every dime raised goes towards coordinating parent partnerships and purchases of properties for their developmentally disabled adult children. Homes for life where they will be safe, happy and thrive.
In the meantime, if you want to see what fun can happen at the Dance-a-thon, click on picture to see in full glory one of our happy dancers.