“It seems like it’s a little space out here where Heaven touches earth,” Tracy Calamas says of the sprawling acres of land she shares with her husband, John. They knew that it was meant to be shared for an uncommon purpose. Hope Haven Kids was birthed.
But there was more in store as others began to share their visions of an awe-inspiring space that would help school-aged kids and adults with special needs (autism emphasis) soar. Meanwhile, Chrissy and Brian Schubert’s daughter Ady was emerging from the silence of severe autism through new-found communication. Ady’s Army was a force for good in the autism community for years when this new partnership and dream collided.
As part of Hope Haven Kids, we will be clearing land adjacent to our ranch to build “Ady’s Haven,” a safe place where with the broader community we will provide an environment of honor, beauty and expression. With your support, we can take this dream from blueprint to reality.
The Life Center will be a hub of promise. Fostering communication and relationships will be at the heart of unlocking vast potential for our patrons with autism. The Life Center is where we can all come to the table for fellowship and purpose in a day program setting, or through workshops and events that support both student and family.
Trained instructors will equip students to do age-appropriate academic work and spell out their thoughts on a letter board, keyboard or through handwriting. Non-verbal communicators will find their voices!
Education fundamentals will include academics, play, exercise, arts and indoor/outdoor life skills–all to strengthen the mind-body-spirit connection. The bonds of friendship will grow with peers and mentors from local homeschool groups, fostering inclusion and variety. Opportunities for purpose-driven work will abound for students to serve others with their developing gifts and skills.
The peaceful green pastures will restore souls as people wind through interactive sensory trails with scripture and meditation pauses. Nature itself becomes a rich learning environment.
We believe persons with autism can face their challenges head on with the support of their families and community and be overcomers! Within our community, we plan to build a group home for multiple adults with autism with common goals and interests. In this environment of hope and haven, we will incorporate a chapel, market, community garden, and other vocational outlets to their living spaces.
A tiny home model is envisioned for transitional and long-term living arrangements for those who on the road to more independence within the context of the supportive community. Including our autistic patrons in on helping to build, decorate or tidy the tiny homes will also help to generate work experience and create rental options or respite for those in the outside community.
Stay tuned for more building fund details!
“More love is all that you need.”
–Ady Schubert, age 9 (spelling through the Rapid Prompting Method)