Kristin wakes up in her pink coastal cottage bedroom excited to see her friends and start a new day! She and her cottage mates get dressed and straighten their room like they want, and walk together over to the Seahorse Cafe for breakfast. If needed, someone is there to support them with any tasks they need help with. On the chef’s menu this morning are pancakes and fresh berries from Pungo, fresh juices, scrambled eggs and yogurt fruit parfaits. After breakfast, if it is a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, Kristin heads over to her job at the VGL Twice As Nice Shoppe and Creative Room.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays she catches the VGL van to the Oceana Commissary where she has a morning job at the bakery. She loves learning to decorate cakes and cupcakes. Kristin may choose to have lunch in the Seahorse Cafe with friends where they can talk about their morning. After a yummy lunch with healthy and delicious choices, she and two of her friends decide to go for a walk if the weather is nice before her keyboarding class in the computer lab.

After class, she may decide to go to the greenhouse and check on the tomato plants she started for the Farm Market. On this day, she decides to hang out for a while in her room before evening activities start up. This night happens to be Create Your Own Taco night (a favorite among residents). After dinner, Kristin joins a group watching a movie together, and they enjoy popcorn and a movie before heading back to their houses for bed.

We can’t wait to make a day like Kristin’s a reality for so many intellectually disabled adults. Organizations around the country have successfully implemented housing programs that enable individuals to live a quality life, and truly thrive. Your continued support helps us toward our goal of becoming one of those amazing places.

Our next event, Hearts & Hoofbeats will be held October 14, 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity to support Vanguard while enjoying a fun evening, and checking out the property! If you’d like to partner with us through sponsorship of this signature event, click here.”