The Villages at Noah’s Landing opened in mid 2016. It’s an awesome community with one, two, three, and four-bedroom shared apartments. Each resident enjoys the privacy of their own bedroom and bathroom . The master plan emphasizes sustainability and harmony with nature. Residents can choose to enjoy a variety of rewarding lifestyle offerings, including education, arts, a training center, daily activities, an accessible pool, walking trails, and an optional dining room.
Most residents are individuals with a developmental or intellectual disability. They share the same basic needs and wants as their non-disabled peers. However, they often process their thoughts and express their needs differently or at a slower rate.
Noah’s Landing is designed much like a retirement community, offering an array of social, recreational, educational, and vocational opportunities for residents, their caregivers, and their families. And, because this is intended to be a lifelong residential community, we strive to support evolving personal care needs as residents age.
About 95% of residents don’t drive, the pedestrian-friendly community’s road system runs mostly around the periphery of the housing clusters. Comprised of cozy neighborhoods, the community’s homes face lush greenbelt areas. Front porches overlook a landscaped pathway system with benches for meeting with friends and neighbors. The paths are connected throughout the community, thoughtfully designed to encourage walking, jogging, and bicycling for exercise and to facilitate socialization.
The Noah’s Education, Arts, and Training (NEAT) Center addresses the diverse interests of residents and offers frequent social, recreational, vocational, and educational opportunities. Although each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen, the NEAT Center includes a dining room where residents can socialize and dine together (optional). There’s also, a high-tech game room, meeting spaces, special events, a stage, and an array of activities. The NEAT Center has been built to meet or exceed emergency evacuation shelter specifications to provide a safe place for our residents during “an event.”
The adjacent property is primarily used for career education and recreation. Future “wish list” amenities include a fishing pier with boat dock on Lake Crago with a screened pavilion nearby, as well as a recreation area with amenities like a kickball field, soccer field, and small camping area with a nature trail through the wooded areas.
A good number of residents contribute to the community through volunteer efforts while others have been able to find employment in the nearby community. Future volunteer and employment may include opportunities such as working in the kitchen or dining room, staffing a thrift store, agriculture projects (like a wholesale landscape nursery), a farm yard, or a community-supported agriculture initiative.We expect that a portion of the harvest from a community garden will be used in the kitchen and enjoyed by resident diners. The remainder sold or donated to people in need.
Our vision is for The Villages at Noah’s Landing to provide a small community atmosphere and a transitional stepping stone for individuals who aim to live and/or work within the greater community. It also offers a permanent residential setting for those who seek a more traditional community lifestyle.
One key measure of our success is that residents have realistic choices in deciding where and how they live, work, and play. We believe The Villages at Noah’s Landing can serve as a model that can be replicated nationwide to provide lifestyle choices never thought possible