Children who have been abused and neglected experience tremendous challenges and trauma.
These are the children who end up in foster care and often spend many years of their lives moving from one foster home to another until they exit the system with no permanent family or support system. Often they are eligible for adoption, yet, 50% of those eligible never find adoptive homes. These kids are sometimes seen as un-adoptable, difficult to place children- sometimes because they are part of a sibling group, they are either too young or too old.
Many Lights believes that every child deserves to be nurtured in a permanent, stable and loving home. Children heal from the pain and trauma of their abuse and neglect when they are surrounded by loving, caring individuals dedicated to their well-being.
Many Lights Foundation is building a multigenerational community called Hope Lights Community. This community is designed to support families adopting children from the public foster care system, at- risk kinship families, and elders who desire connection and purpose and will be located in the Puget Sound area of Washington.
Hope Lights is modeled after five highly successful communities already working in other parts of the US.
Within this community, elders are seen as honorary grandparents providing support and nurturing to children, while the adoptive and kinship families are seen as "grandparent helpers" supporting elders in living a vibrant life.
A unique and cooperative neighborhood, Hope Lights will have 36 affordable residences for adults over 55 years of age and 12 family homes for kinship and those families adopting children from public foster care. It will also include a multigenerational community center, library, tutoring and computer rooms, gardens and play areas. Community events will be educational, recreational, cultural, as well as being focused on health and well-being.
The Many Lights Foundation is established on the principle that a community of caring, connected, empowered individuals can heal and enrich each other's lives. Rather than solely relying on outside services, the community itself is part of the solution. Many Lights' staff, volunteers and social service partners help guide rather than govern the community in forming healthy, supportive relationships.
We anticipate first families moving in by 2017.
6947 Coal Crrek Parkway SE #208 Newcastle, WA 98059