I'm finally finished with my 3rd year at UCSD, and am so excited to be able to work more with Michael over the summer! Michael will be doing summer classes for an extra 3 weeks to keep him busy, but he's been having a great time surrounded with a great staff and classmates.
Yesterday, we had the honor of attending Noah Home's Summeriest Concert hosted by the Mulvaney family, and it was so wonderful! Dave Mulvaney had found our blog and invited our family to the event. His daughter, Morgan, is 27 with Cerebral Palsy, and has such a kind, sweet soul. There was plenty of food and people at the event, and Michael had a great time! He usually doesn't attend events with a lot of people, but he handled it really well. He especially loved dancing with the music, and really enjoyed the food. Only thing that he didn't like was listening to the auctioneer at the end, since he was really loud and Michael's never heard a voice like that. Otherwise, we had a great time and met some incredible people while we were there :)
Noah Home's is an incredible organization over in East County, which focuses on giving adults with developmental disabilities a chance to live in a welcoming and loving environment. Dave gave us a little tour around the area, and I was amazed! All of the "houses" were so clean and beautiful inside, and what really surprised me the most was how it really felt like a home. The staff was so friendly and caring, and all of the residents got along together really well. The homes have grown so much, and in the past November, they just opened up one of the first Memory Care homes in the nation. The new Memory Care home provides a 1:2 staff to resident ratio, and incredible technology.
When the time comes in the future where my family may not be able to provide for Michael, we need to keep communities like this in our mind. As of now, Noah Homes has definitely set the bar high! Special thank you to Dave for showing our family around :) You can find their website here: