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LIFE Village Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Community & Neighborhood Development, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Economic Development, Group Homes, Health, Human Services

Mission: The mission of the LIFE Village is to meet the ongoing residential and community living needs of adults with autism and related disorders.

Results: We were chosen by Appalachian State's Construction and Design Class to be the recipients of our first tiny house! It will initially be used as a model home showcasing one design available in the community.

Target demographics: adults on the autism spectrum and related disorders

Direct beneficiaries per year: raise awareness of our project

Geographic areas served: Our tiny house community is being developed in Boone, North Carolina

Programs: providing diverse social and recreational programming, including but not limited to summer programs, life skills and vocational training, adaptive sports, support groups and workshops in coordination with other agencies that work with this population.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Matt M.7

Donor

Rating: 5

LIFE Village is blazing a trail to establish independent and supportive living opportunities for those with special needs in the High Country. The population around Boone is well under-served in meeting the housing and community support needs of these exceptional adults. Kudos for leading the way!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

So dedicated and knowledgeable. So many of the members are parents of children with autism and thus, working hard for their children and the greater population with autism

Advisor

Rating: 5

LIFE Village is a nonprofit with a strong purpose for a significantly underserved market. Their mission is inspiring and necessary. Their board is truly passionate and invested in making their work continue to evolve. I have the utmost respect for this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can not give enough praise for this project . As a mother of 3 adult children on the autistic spectrum this project fills my heart with hope for my children and their peers. Projects like these bring hope to parents like me who want their children to reach their full potential. Life village will not only give purpose to Adults who are looking for employment and a safe social environment , it will give the community (and beyond) a much more accurate sense of what people on the spectrum are capable of .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 12 year old son is on the spectrum, and while he is constantly learning new skills, it is likely that he will need some care throughout his life. LIFE Village gives his father, grandparents, and me hope that he will have a home and community long after we have passed, with people surrounding him who will understand and care for him.

5 Jennifer L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a parent of a young adult with Autism, I am so excited about the work Life Village is doing toward a future community for our children in the high country. They have made progress in bringing awareness to this challenge faced by young adults with Autism and their caretakers.

4 Michelle S.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a case manager working with people with autism and their families, I learned that quality care was hard to find and residential settings with quality care was practically a unicorn. As these children become adults, many would benefit from a safe, healthy, inspiring environment to gain their own level of independence, maturity, and quality of life. Families that have advocated for and provided care throughout their loved one's life time need more resources like LIFE Village, as a normal progression of life with their adult children moving out and having their own lives. Candace Lang has spent the better part of the last twenty years advocating for not her own child, but many, many others. I hope that LIFE Village will become the prototype for more villages to come. The need is enormous.

4 Michele Flowers T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Non-Profit is making strides toward providing individuals with special needs the means to have a quality life that is supportive and inclusive to all. All communities need to have such wonderful "villages" where everyone can be a productive part of society in their own way.

4 Pug P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Life village is a unique and dedicated nonprofit that wants to make a real change in life. I think that every city and town needs a life village. This program can help make this world a better place. Everyone involved with this community is passionate and focused on the difference they want to make.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome effort to create a place for autistic adults ~ imagine if it was your child ~ what happens when you are no longer around to care for them. Wouldn't you want to know that there was a place where they can live a fulfilling life ~ where they can life out their potential ~ where their disabilities are viewed as abilities...?? Our sweet friend E and her family believe in this cause and so do we.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a sister of a 17 year old with autism. My sister has been wanting a community for a long time and now that she is 17, it is time to start planning her future just like any high school senior. I think that this is important for people like my sister to have a safe place to live when my parents can no longer take care of her and to get out with friends to live a purposeful life. We need to be aware and not just stare at those who may have different abilities then us and this community can really help to change our lives as well as theirs.