Sonoma Landscape Architects, Roche + Roche were honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects for their work in residential design here at Sweetwater Spectrum!
Sonoma Valley Fund Volunteer Honors
As founders,CarolynKlebanoffand Fred Cohen haveprovidedbright,guiding wisdom instrumental in the development of Sweetwater Spectrum.
Carolyn’stirelessleadership, commitment and donation of time and energy as board president and working member of most Sweetwater board committees has shaped the quality of the Sweetwater commitment to excellence. Carolyn’s good will and spirited contribution is accompanied by a one‐of‐a-kind laugh thatisascontagiousandgenerousassheis.
Fred’s consistent intelligence, soundjudgment andpracticalthinkingas an inauguraladvisoryboard member has provenvaluable numerous times in the last sixyears. An innovative, criticalthinker like Fred is crucialto the creationoftheinnovative modelthat is Sweetwater Spectrum.
This organization is fortunateto have the brillianceof thesetwo stars shine on theworkwedo.
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.