Open House and Concert for Ridgeview Place in Chelan

Open House and Concert
Ridgeview Place: Home for Special Needs Adults

When:  Sept 16, 2017  2:00 to 4:00 p.m
Where:  1101 Jessie St, Chelan, WA  98816

Join us for this introduction to the community, learn about the plans and meet the folks involved so far at Ridgeview.

Ridgeview Place is a just completed private residence that was built by Al and Denise Lorenz to be shared by their son, Turner, and three other resident owners with developmental disabilities in Chelan.  However, the structure itself is just the beginning of the story; the meaning and purpose come from the people, the relationships, and the involvement of the community.

While we’re celebrating completion of the buildings, work continues on building a joyful environment that is nurturing, fun, and productive for its residents.  As we go forward, we are building the systems to make each day go smoothly, hiring staff, and creating exceptional employment for the residents.  Imagine individuals with developmental disabilities actually achieving financial security and having a “family” of close friends.  I think of it as life without limits.

Similar homes exist in Washington.  Examples include The Dwelling Place, Cornerstone and Tierra, all in Leavenworth, that have spread the “fantastically joyful” attitudes of their residents into the community through volunteering and work.  Their joy is contagious and an asset for everybody.

We are currently seeking some new best friends who also want to create the happiest home on earth for their special family members.  There are opportunities for caregivers and volunteers as well.

We will have some experts to chat with who have succeeded building homes in other communities.  Ridgeview and the accompanying vocational program will be on display.  There will also be a house concert of local musicians during the open house.

Jessie Street is new and will not show up on your mapping programs.  Riverview Cemetery or the Apple Cup Café will show up on Google maps though!

For more information call or email:

Al Lorenz 509-630-6769

New web site on housing for adults with Autism, Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

The Autism Housing Network‘s goal is “Bringing together the best ideas in housing for adults with autism and 
other intellectual / developmental disabilities.”  That is does a great job of and it includes listings for housing options that are both available now and in building and planning stages.

It is a very well done web site.  Check it out:

We’re entering the “Autism Speaks House to Home Prize”

They are offering $50,000 prizes in each of three categories for “belief busting breakthroughs in housing and residential support for people with autism.”

Read about the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize here.

It looks like it takes writing up to about a 10 page entry.  So, why not?

Wish me luck!

A friend asked why my son just doesn’t keep living with us….

We had some friends over for dinner and were chatting about our Ridgeview Place project.  One of them asked my why our son doesn’t just live with us.

It is a good question.  It is certainly something we could do.  We have plenty of room for our son.

So, I explained why our son could have a much different life living more independently and how his transition when we are no longer around would be much easier by living at Ridgeview Place.

This project is about creating a much more fulfilling life than he would have living at home with us, his parents.  It is not just about our son having a place to live when we can no longer care for him.

Ridgeview is about creating a community, basically his own special type of family, to share his life with.  He needs peers in his life to share experiences with, challenge each other and grow together.  The environment we are creating will allow our son to progress without bounds on what he can achieve and become.  That is what we want for our son.  We have seen some great examples of the types of  “family” that this type of home can provide in our research.

It is also about providing meaningful and productive work so our son is a contributing member of society.  We want him to have opportunities to earn the self-esteem that comes from pulling his own weight.

Our son is an integral member of the Lake Chelan community.  He knows and enjoys a broad swath of friends and he spreads his own brand of joy throughout the town.  Ridgeview Place is designed to encourage such a fully integrated approach to life in a community that supports it wholeheartedly.

Sure, like most all special needs parents, we do have concerns about what happens to our son after we are no longer around to, or able to, care for him.  Having to place him in a rush due to a circumstance like failing health would not allow us to be sure we had a stable, happy, sustainable environment for our son.

The bottom line answer to my friend’s question is living at home would limit our son’s life and opportunities to our schedule and abilities.  We want him to experience so much more!

Ridgeview Place is a solution that provides a stable, rewarding and more challenging life in a loving and caring environment well beyond the experience our son would have living at home.  If you have a special needs family member you care deeply about and want to learn more, talk to us about joining us on our journey.


Lake Chelan Special Needs Parent Group on Facebook!

There is now a Lake Chelan Special Needs Parent Group on Facebook.  It is a place for parents, caregivers and relatives of special needs folks in the Lake Chelan area to share experiences, support, encouragement, knowledge and be listened to.

If any of that sounds like you, join up!  Groups of us usually get together for coffee and chat now and then as well.