North Carolina Man to Build Group Home for Autistic Adults 

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Beautiful countryside, a working farm, horse stables, an animal shelter, and, more importantly, multiple housing facilities- this is the dream retired postal worker George Bean has for his 33 acre property in North Carolina. His inspiration comes from his 30 year old daughter Lorie who has high functioning autism. She loves being in the country and wants to be around people like her.

This project has been years in the making. Bean purchased the lot back in 2000 and has been working with his daughter to get everything prepared. She is excited just at the thought of having a place where adults with autism can live.

The property was named Swallowtail Summit Farms, after Lorie’s love for butterflies. She would like to build a monarch nursery along with lush gardens and possibly a swimming pool. On the top of the hill there is a gorgeous view overlooking the property where they plan to have a communal activities building.

The main goal is to provide housing options for adults with autism to live and work on a sustainable farm. It will be modeled after Bittersweet Farms in Ohio and Somerset Court in England. Both facilities are homes specifically reserved for adults with autism but their waiting lists have a queue of 100 to 150 people. Bean knew there was a demand for such a place and decided to embark on this housing project.

Right now, their focus is to have a housing and a working facility where adults with autism have a place to stay. Executive Director Caroline Long from St. Gerard House is very excited to see that there is a place exclusively to help adults. There many are programs and services for children but once they turn 18, they’re usually on their own.

As of today they have cleared out a site for the horse stables. A neighbor has agreed to help saw wood for the horses’ walking area. There is also a spot for a 3-4 bedroom group home equipped with a drain field and septic system, with permits in place. Soon, they will complete driveway and a water well.

But the project is becoming bigger than expected, so Bean is looking for more help in funding and construction of the farm. He hopes to have a Board of Directors and a volunteer team. He’s also reached out to the community for help. He is aware of what his daughter needs, but is also looking for input to serve the needs of other farm workers as well.

To read the original article please visit Blue Ridge Now.

By Raiza Belarmino

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