An Innovative Housing Solution for Adults with Autism


Our Mission

To provide adults with autism innovative, community-based, long-term housing that offers individuals choice and challenges each resident to reach his or her highest potential.

Sweetwater Spectrum
369 Fifth Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476, U.S.A.

Founding Principles
  • Celebrate and support the full range of autism spectrum disorders.
  • Encourage active resident involvement in their home, household, neighborhood and surrounding communities.
  • Provide access to productive  enriching choices that support a life with purpose.
  • Offer the potential for lifetime residency.
  • Utilize autism-specific design, which addresses both safety and sensory issues.
  • Nurture high-value relationships between residents, families and support staff.
  • Accommodate a broad financial spectrum.
  • Create and foster a model that can be replicated nationwide. 


Sweetwater Spectrum's Inaugural Life with Purpose Celebration

Sweetwater Spectrum just held is first annual Life with Purpose Celebration where Sonoma local, Whitney Evans, was honored. He personifies Sweetwater’s tag line, life with purpose, as he has helped many achieve that goal and has lived that life himself. Whitney moved to Sonoma in 1991 when he retired. Whitney’s philanthropic involvement in Sonoma is vast and far reaching.

Kory Stradinger, Sweetwater Spectrum’s Executive Director (who presented Whitney with the award) said: “It was because of Whitney’s commitment to enriching the lives of others that Sweetwater choose to honor him with the inaugural Life with Purpose award.”

Also receiving an award, the October 1st Event was Dr. Carolyn Klebanoff who was presented with the Sweetwater Spectrum Excellence in Leadership Award. In 2006, Carolyn and her husband Fred Cohen searched the country for appropriate adult housing options for their daughter Jane, leading them to become founding members of the Sweetwater Spectrum team. Carolyn has served on the board since its inception, and has been the board president since 2013. Through her tenure, she has served on every standing committee.

Thank you to all those who attended and to those who showed your support from afar.  It was a fabulous evening and we look forward to seeing your generosity come to life!


Press Democrat- Feature Article

 "Sonoma Gives"

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Landscape Architecture Magazine- Honor Award

Sonoma Landscape Architects, Roche + Roche were honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects for their work in residential design here at Sweetwater Spectrum!   

Welcome to Sweetwater Spectrum

In 2009, a group of families, professionals and civic leaders came together and founded Sweetwater Spectrum. We collaborate toward meeting an extraordinary need: appropriate, high-quality housing choices in the community for adults with autism.   

Our pilot community has been developed in Sonoma, California. It is intended to embody best practices for housing adults with autism, with the expectation that the model can be replicated elsewhere.

We have built for adults with autism an environment typically not available to them—a place where they have a sense of community and belonging. Sweetwater Spectrum attempts to maximize residents’ individual development and independence so they can live with both purpose and dignity with access to a variety of opportunities.

This residential community is a completely new model. We have researched sites and programs across the country and selected the best elements of existing residential options in a design of a community which is compassionate and pragmatic in the choices it offers adults with autism. What we have created on a small scale is the first critical step in realizing a concept that can be reproduced in communities around California and the U.S.