News and updates about Bethesda Cornerstone Village — a place to call home for people of all abilities.
Welcome to Cornerstone Connections!
Our group of friends and supporters for Bethesda Cornerstone Village expands every day, as we continue to connect with people and organizations that share our vision for creating new, innovative living options for people with developmental disabilities. Our collective goal to build affordable, welcoming communities where people with disabilities live side-by-side with others in an environment where all can grow and flourish is a bold one. But we’re not deterred by the challenge! Via Cornerstone Connections, we will stay connected to you, provide quarterly updates on our progress and share ways you can get involved.
One Site Open—Many More Coming!
Last fall, we completed and opened our first rental community for active seniors 55+ and independent people with disabilities in Victoria, Minnesota, and our residents are loving their apartments and the community amenities. Now, our family of Bethesda Cornerstone Village communities is growing! We have developments in the works across the country, and we can’t wait for people of all abilities to experience the sense of community that makes Cornerstone Village a joyful place to live.
Here is the latest:
Oakdale, Minnesota: In this Twin Cities suburb we are planning to build a 70-unit community with 17 units set aside for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and other units for people of any age. We have been awarded financing from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to help ensure affordability for select residents. Construction is anticipated to start this fall.
Other projects: We have another Bethesda Cornerstone Village development pending in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and two proposed for the Milwaukee, Wisconsin metro area. Additional states are also being considered, so stay tuned!
A Champion for Integrated Independent Living
Meet Tom Campbell, Vice President of Real Estate for Bethesda. Tom oversees all aspects of Bethesda Cornerstone Village. After a full career in real estate development of all kinds, Tom joined Bethesda to envision and build affordable, integrated and independent living communities to include people with developmental disabilities across the US. Tom is passionate about bringing the Cornerstone Village concept of joyful living to life. He has successfully completed real estate projects valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars for a wide variety of industries and geographic markets. You can learn more about Tom and his vision for Cornerstone Village in this video.
Adam’s Journey to Independent Living
When you first meet Adam, 24, you notice his personality right away. That he’s really easy to talk to. That he’s passionate about his truck, photography, and his girlfriend.
What you don’t notice is Adam’s disability. That’s because today, Adam lives with a high degree of independence. He has his own apartment and a job at a grocery store. He wants to learn more about starting his own photography business. He hangs out with friends from college who also have disabilities. He has a girlfriend and enjoys spending lots of time with her.
He needed a little extra support to get to where he is today. That’s why he chose to attend Bethesda College instead of going to a traditional four-year university; the Bethesda College curriculum focuses on life skills and job skills, like cooking and keeping your apartment clean, and what kind of traits employers are looking for in their employees. That, combined with the one-on-one support, was what Adam knew he needed to succeed.
After Bethesda College, he still needs a little extra support in his day-to-day life. He loves his job at the grocery store and says all he needs is a to-do list at the beginning of his shift and he’ll be right down to business. He loves having his own place but is grateful to the Bethesda staff who still come in occasionally to make sure he’s adjusting to his post-college life.
There are so many people like Adam. People for whom independent living is within reach, just maybe with a little extra support. People for whom connection to the community—a community that includes other people with disabilities—is vital. People for whom a place like Bethesda Cornerstone Village would be a dream come true. It’s stories like Adam’s, and many people with disabilities that don’t have affordable and safe options to live independently, that drives the Cornerstone Village vision forward each and every day.
Gaining More Independence: Financial Freedom
At Bethesda, we know people with intellectual and developmental disabilities want and deserve financial freedom just like anyone else. And we know all too well the challenges that come along with that.
That’s why Bethesda is taking action by expanding our suite of financial services to people beyond those in our current homes and programs. Members of Bethesda’s financial services program will have a dedicated advisor who will provide one-on-one consulting and customized money management to help each person make sure their bills are paid on time, they understand their budget, and they can save toward future goals. Services include:
- Representative payee services
- Medicaid redeterminations
- Social security reporting
- Member financial reviews
- Limited power of attorney for ABLE accounts
- ABLE account training
- Financial literacy classes
To learn more about these new services, contact us for more information.