“You cannot imagine how relieved we feel watching the walls go up! Kara will have a permanent place to call her own, in a neighborhood that offers her the out-of-doors and recreational lifestyle that will bring joy. We are so grateful for the support we’ve received in helping us build a neighborhood full of meaning and opportunities! I wish everyone could see the smile on Kara’s face when she says ‘my house.’ Thank you for that!”
— Mark and Kathy Fitzgerald
Hope has worked diligently alongside founding advocates, families and community sponsors for more than five years to establish an Intentional Neighborhood on the Kenai Peninsula. The neighborhood is made up of five single family homes, a triplex, and a central community center for gatherings, all situated on 20 acres just outside of Soldotna. Each home has one Resident Manager who supports two community members.
The Kenai Intentional Neighborhood is more than just houses. It is a connected neighborhood that incorporates the desires of families seeking to create a supportive community for their children. Everyone at the Neighborhood is a part of the community and enjoys shared spaces, experiences, and relationships.
Members living within this neighborhood share the common philosophy of enjoying a country lifestyle while having daily access to their greater community around them. Growing plants, raising a garden, animal husbandry, and country walks are all examples of activities to do around the homes, and attending church services, shopping, and going to the movies are examples of activities the individuals are able to enjoy in the greater community.
The Kenai Intentional Neighborhood recognizes the vital need and drive for a person to find a place to belong. Equal, valued, and secure membership in our Neighborhood is a prime goal and directive. The importance and necessity of assisting others as needed and requested is a fundamental purpose within the Neighborhood.
Many parents with children who experience disabilities share a common concern. What will happen to my child when I am gone? The Kenai Intentional Neighborhood is one possible answer and solution to that problem.