Who We Are
We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit foundation, whose mission is to provide a loving and unique housing community for young adults with developmental disabilities in a fun setting that is local, safe, affordable that enhances the quality of their lives.
What is our experience?
The Founders have a 30 year old son with Down Syndrome. The founding Chairman and the Board of Directors have been teachers, business owners, psychologists and parents. These founding families have organized and coached special needs youth sports for over 20 years, including AYSO Soccer, Challenger Baseball, Special Olympics, and NJB Hot Hoops Basketball.
The vision of the founding families, being parents and families of young people who are “differently-abled,” was to recognize the need for their children to expand their horizons by living as independently as possible and supporting their children in these next steps towards independence.
How committed are you to the “safety” of residents, employees & guests?
Very committed! The City of Laguna Beach, Police, Fire, and the architect were committed to refurbishing this assisted living facility to exceed the ADA State and local safety requirements.The electronic security system, lift gates, fences and lighting are state of the art. The Chief Operating Officer and Associate Director have over 30 years combined experience along with medical coordinators, and direct care staff. All volunteers are required to hold active first aid/CPR cards. Background checks are performed on all staff, residents and volunteers.There are approximately 20 on-site staff and caregivers.
What makes your program unique?
A true community within a community makes our program different and desired. Live-work-play. This large property has great functionality and houses up to 50 residents. Our community of young adults with disabilities and their families yearn for a future life as rich and vibrant as the one they have experienced throughout their early lives. Despite their various disabilities, they have been loved and cherished within their families and community, exactly as every child should be. Now as they enter adulthood, the desire of their families and loved ones is to provide an environment which is not just safe and secure, but also, one that allows and encourages them to continue to thrive and grow, as a vibrant individuals.
Why Laguna Beach, California selected?
Simply put, why not? This previously vacant assisted living facility met the codes and layout desired for this unique program. The temperate climate and local access for families is a significant advantage. Laguna Beach is a welcoming community which values and protects uniqueness and diversity. Glennwood residents work and volunteer in the community. The individuality of the Glennwood community has readily been welcomed and celebrated within Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach is an inclusive community where Glennwood residents are embraced and allowed equal opportunities for participation and inclusion.
Who may be a resident at Glennwood House?
Glennwood Foundation Inc., the owner/operator is a non-discriminatory entity.The residents must be at least 18 – 59 years old and must be moderate to higher functioning (Service level 1-2). High risk medical conditions may not be a candidate. Non-ambulatory residents will be required by the City of Laguna Beach to be on the first floor. All developmental disabilities, physical or intellectual are welcome, for example, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, William Syndrome, non-ambulatory birth traumas, autism, etc.
What kind of staff & professional support do you maintain for residents?
The Foundation’s intent is to meet and exceed residential facility compliance (from the State of California regulations, Community Care Licensing, and City and County regulations.) The Adult Residential Facility, based on adult needs and the services provided, has a designation of service level guaranteed by the Community Care Licensing process. The Glennwood Management Team and Direct Care Staff are trained in working with persons with disabilities and are CPR certified. In addition to on-site staff Glennwood offers recreational activities through volunteers and professionals to the residents.
What are some of your “goals & objectives” for the residents?
- Residents are able to live-work-play as a community within the greater community.
- Residents will develop new friendships and a peer support system.
- Residents have a sense of being valued and belonging which will build confidence, replacing insecurity.
- Activities, Art and Drama programs will expand and/or develop new interests.
- Families will have a place for their young adults to grow and be “at home,” outside of their family’s home!
- Young adults with disabilities will be included into a welcoming city of individuals who are comfortable and celebrate diversity of all peoples.