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Helping Those With Developmental Disabilities Spread Their Wings

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See how far we’ve come & where we’re going...

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A group of families meet to discuss the residential needs of adults with DD which will eventually turn into Stepping Stone Communities.

May 2012

Our Exploratory Committee begins research. A little over a year later we are designated as a 501(c)3 Non Profit.

March 2015

We host our first official informational meeting and fundraiser.

March 2017

In order to not have to compromise our vision our board votes to decline all government funding for the project.

October 2017

We host our first Gala Fundraiser which was attended by over 300 people who raised over $200,000 in donations and service for the building project.

April 2018

We finalize the option to purchase the land that will become Trailhead’s first building. 6 Months later Jefferson County approves the rezoning.

May 2019

We announce that we’re officially changing our name from Stepping Stone Communities to Trailhead Community.

February 2020

We plan to break ground on the building. We expect construction to take around a year to complete.

Summer 2020

Stepping Stone Support Center is born to help the DD community

June 2013

Stepping Stone Communities was created to work on solving the DD housing need

October 2016

Stepping Stone Support Center is born to help the DD community

June 2013

Stepping Stone Support Center is born to help the DD community

June 2013

Stepping Stone Support Center is born to help the DD community

June 2013

Stepping Stone Support Center is born to help the DD community

June 2013

Stepping Stone Communities was created to work on solving the DD housing need

October 2016

Stepping Stone Communities purchased the land that will be the future building

December 2018

Stepping Stone Communities changed their name to Trailhead Community

November 2019

Trailhead Community plans to break ground

July 2020

Trailhead Community plans to have the building competed and officially open it's doors to the first tenants

June 2021

Homes of their own!

Trailhead Community was originally inspired by the success of Stepping Stone Support Center, a sister company established in 2013. The Support Center provides prevocational and life skills training, job placement, job coaching services, social events and community connection. It now serves more than 100 individuals with developmental disabilities to live meaningful and productive lives. With this success in one aspect, it became quickly evident that another important piece was missing for adults with developmental disabilities: Homes of their own!

The individuals we work with are first and foremost ADULTS. Like all adults, they deserve to live independently in a place of their own. So in 2016, a group of parents, Stepping Stone staff and other friends all came together for the purpose of creating a non-profit to address this need. Stepping Stone communities was born and the mission established: creating and designing an extraordinary opportunity for people to come together in an integrated and intentional apartment community!

After hundreds of hours of research and discussion, Stepping Stone Communities selected its first project- building an apartment building with 67 units for both adults with DD and members of the general population with plenty of community space for meals and recreation. This was an ambitious project and it has grown since then!

Now, in 2020, our project is an 84 unit apartment complex where 50% of the units are allocated for adults with developmental disabilities, 25% for working professionals/millennials and 25% for active seniors. The building will include state-of-the-art technology and “Universal Design” features to promote independence and safety for all residents. A cooperative management model will integrate all three tenant groups to make decisions about how their community will operate! There will be on-site concierge staff to provide 24/7 oversite for the building, social events, meal preparation and encourage mutual exchange and support between tenants. The complex will have many unique and intentional features to promote community including a sport court, sound-proof multimedia room for music, large screen viewing and mini jam sessions, a community kitchen and common dining room serving optional meals daily, and large common areas both indoors and outdoors!

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