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
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!
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.