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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.

http://ridgeviewchelan.com/

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   alorenz99@gmail.com

On to the next phase…

 

Downhill skiing at Mission Ridge

With construction mostly complete (there is still completion of the shop/office space, paving and landscaping to be done), the next phase of this project begins.  To borrow from DisneyLand, that is simply to make this one of the Happiest Places in the World to live for the residents, caregivers involved and families who participate.

Fortunately, we have some great models on how that can be accomplished with the people we know from other projects.  It is a process though, and one that matures and blooms as we get other families involved!

Building a fun living environment is quite a bit more involved than the construction has been and is a process that really never ends.  But, it is lots of fun!  Getting the community involved and our loved ones involved in the community is part of it.  We have a great start on the vocational part too that helps our folks be actual contributing members of the economy to earn their way.  Planning vacations, day trips, etc. and more!

If you have interest in this project, it is time to express it.  Thanks!

Ridgeview receives its Occupancy Permit

Ridgeview is ready for occupancy, or it will be when outfitted with furniture and supplies.  That is starting to happen now and the first folks will be living there in the next couple of weeks!

Here are some cell phone pics.  I will add some better photos when there is furniture.

These photos certainly don’t do the place justice.  If you want to have a look, I would love to show it to you.

Wow, great photos as yesterday of Ridgeview at Lake Chelan

Thanks Jerry Isenhart for the great photos and videos of Ridgeview at Lake Chelan!

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPmpRRBY-vpQ6a-Jv35nHMQTQ6RsPhowI2SKhqsXXHn47bA4kO4TI2oWe_awM42Og?key=OUJiVGNRME1ZeXNDU0JNNTZ5aFV2c1Q5TjFRRVBB

Here’s a video: https://goo.gl/photos/Hjxew9wf7rv8Y2ym8

These show the shop going up on the outside, final grading happening, etc.  On the inside, finish electrical and plumbing are happening and final cleanup is in 2 weeks with furniture going in after that.

 

A couple of new details….

The stone was put on the fireplace today:

Yes, that is even sunshine out there!

And, the soffits above the deck are mostly done:

Soffits at Ridgeview Place in Chelan

The cabinets are all installed, trim is going in inside and flooring.  There are lots of things coming together at this point in the construction.

Let me know if you want to have a look!

1st of March Update on Ridgeview Place in Chelan!

There is lots of news on our Ridgeview Place project in Chelan!

Construction first, cabinets and flooring are going in inside and finish carpentry is getting started.  The exterior siding is being completed and paint will start soon after that.  The weather should soon cooperate to allow us to finish the slab for the shop area and dig in the sewer connection.  It could have an occupancy permit in May!  We are even ordering furniture.

This is turning into a home with incredible spaces in one of the most stunning settings in the country!

Here are some photos:

Boxes of cabinets about to be installed.
We still have snow on the ground, and great views from the great room at Ridgeview Place.
Quite a few cabinets….
The siding is mostly done….
Progress looks like this in construction!

On other fronts, we have some interested families that we have started talking with about possibly participating in the project.  We have drafts being done of the much of the associated paperwork.

The vocational side of the project is growing at an incredible pace and is on track to meeting our financial goals for it.

It is an exciting time for this project as it all begins to come together!!