Mission: Empowering individuals who have developmental disabilities by advocating on their behalf and by providing or facilitating meaningful employment, recreational and social opportunities and affordable housing choices
Programs: As a gubernatorial appointee to the florida developmental disability council, the executive director initially served on the employment and transportation task force and the public policy and advocacy committee. He has subsequently been appointed to the community living and service coordination task force and communications committee. He participated in writing the state's five-year plan.
the noah's ark organization, and its executive director, have been recognized as industry leaders and pioneers in creating and developing innovative approaches to providing affordable and accessible housing and support services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. They have continued to educate other grassroots organizations on "how-to" replicate their successful programs and have presented to numerous organizations around the state such as the regional town hall conference in miami for the autism speaks organization. Their efforts have captured national attention and interest.
completed the complex and detailed underwriting requirements required to finalize the funding of a 14. 5m commitment (low-income housing tax credits, grants, and loan) to construct an affordable rental community that will provide an enhanced quality of life for up to 132 individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities and provide their families with a peace of mind that their adult child will be properly cared for when they are no longer able to provide such support.
provided affordable housing for individuals with developmental disabilities
Our Son has been living there since day 1 and he loves it. It did start out a little rocky but is currently a great affordable place for ones that can live independently or have supports in place. Whenever this many individuals are let loose like they never have before you can end up with lots of drama but it all works out for the best most of the time. Some discover that Noah's Ark is not for them and that's fine, they learn and move on. I would highly recommend Noah's Ark as a place to grow and learn real life lessons for the future of your loved one. I will say this, Parents or Guardians must stay involved (Volunteering in activities) and most have found that living close by(within 50 miles) is a must for their loved ones to succeed in this life changing endeavor.
Both our boys were rejected residency We were told it was due to Noah's Ark not being a good fit. Some of the residents we observed were lower functioning than our boys. The entire process felt like a Private Country Club approval process. Apparently if you have same sex parents your disqualified. We requested to know why they were rejected, the committee refused to provide this to us. A committee member stated that they were not required to provide the "why" to us. While the concept is fantastic and the facilities are beautiful, the parents who are managing the daily operations appear overwhelmed. We only had the best interest our adult special needs children in mind. When we had the conversation with our boys that they were not approved, our oldest son asked us why. I had to inform him I didn't know why they would not tell us. We spoke with a parent who shook her head and said trust me your better off with them not being accepted. We refer to that place as Noah's orgy.