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Sustainable Advocacy

SPRING VALLEY — Noah Homes, a nonprofit supporting adults with developmental disabilities, hosted an inaugural BBQ & Brewfest July 12, raising more than $150,000 towards innovative care and services.

Local and state resources for this underserved population continue to face budgetary constraints due to rising utility costs and increasing minimum wage requirements. Now, new needs related to aging and end-of-life care that do not qualify for additional funding are forcing nonprofit organizations that support adults with developmental disabilities to contemplate closing their doors.

“He never even turned around and said goodbye to us, he was just so happy to be with his friends,” Maureen Sage, the mother of a resident of Noah Homes, said as she described the day her son moved in. “And you know, that’s what you want for your kids. You want them to be happy, you want them to be surrounded by people who love them … and I would have to say that all of the hopes and dreams that you have for a normal kid, have really come true at Noah.”

With a wait list of more than 200 people at Noah Homes alone, Molly Nocon, CEO of Noah Homes, is working to create a sustainable, exemplary model of free care and services that can be replicated across the state of California.

“We believe that everyone deserves to live a full and happy life, and we are proud to push the boundaries on what that means for adults with developmental disabilities,” said Nocon. “I won’t stop fighting until I know that everyone has a quality, lifelong home and I’m forever grateful to the community for their support.”

With costs continuing to rise each year, plans to improve sustainability involve more than 460 solar panels that will immediately reduce monthly energy bills by up to 90 percent, with the possibility for future elimination of bills altogether. Once the solar project is funded, Noah Homes will focus on the construction of the first dementia care units in California specifically for adults with developmental disabilities.

Similar to the general population, adults with developmental disabilities are living longer. And, for the first time, they are dealing with issues related to aging. Research states that almost all people with Down syndrome will develop dementia by the age of 60.

To kick off the fundraising, the Parker Foundation granted Noah Homes $35,000 towards the installation of the solar panels. The Parker Foundation was founded for charitable purposes leading to the betterment of life for all people of San Diego County and has granted more than $42 million since inception.

The Ark Angel Foundation, a single-purpose charitable foundation supporting the work of Noah Homes, also announced $30,000 towards a campus-wide bathroom remodel.

Between generous donations, ticket sales and auction items, an additional $90,000 was raised and will support Noah Homes in sustainability and advocacy.

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Reprinted from The Southern Cross.

Photo courtesy of Noah Homes.

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