BUILDING OHANA      25 West Main STE 310     Spokane, Washington  99201  ohana@buildingohana.org   

Who will choose to live in Ohana Village? 

Not everyone will choose Ohana living, which will require a deliberate choice and commitment to the core values and inclusive intentions of the BUILDING OHANA community.

 

My name is Paul and I'm a single parent of two boys.  

The oldest is Sean, a highly social 21 year old man with a rare genetic disorder affecting his development.  He is nonverbal, with hearing and swallowing disorders, and cognitive impairment.  Because he isn't able to manage his own health needs, he needs constant supervision, even at night. When I am not working, I am Sean's care provider, and often unable to be there for my other high-school aged son.  Both of my sons need me and they deserve more than I am able to provide. I don't want to put Sean in a state operated home, but I am running out of options. 

We are Charlie and Deborah...

Our only son was was identified with developmental disabilities and epilepsy before the age of two, and then diagnosed with severe autism by age five.  He is a wonderful boy who loves swimming, music and meeting new people.  Jonathan is non-verbal, and has trouble doing things with his hands, so he needs help with almost every aspect of life.  He learns with lots of reinforcement and enough time to process, and in the last few years has been able to communicate basic needs with the help of an IPAD program.  

We are in our sixties now, and know we must plan for Jonathan's future, and make sure he has the services and supports he needs.  We want to be close to him, to be a part of his daily life, but will not be able to be his primary caregivers forever...

I'm Nana--that's what my grand-daughter calls me...

Cary is eighteen and graduating from high school.  She's lived in a children's home for years, when her parents left her as a ward of the state.  Now she lives with me.  I am her closest relative, her care provider and her legal guardian.  Cary is strong and funny and helps me around the house on the weekends--she can write her name and read a little, and loves to garden and go for long walks.  She misses her friends and doesn't know how to make more.  I wish I could help her, but it seems we both are isolated in our own little world.   

I'm Rick, a father of three children and a behavior specialist with 30 years in the field...
I'm Jill, the proud mother of Rachel and Spencer...
We are Frank and Debbie, working professionals with grown kids and with a nephew affected by autism...