I HAVE A DREAM

Some of the most moving, powerful words uttered. When I watch a video of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. say these words and understand the context from which he speaks, I get the chills. Every time.

Now I have a dream.

I have a dream that as our parents and grandparents continue to live longer, they can do so in the comfort and security of their own home, not made to move into a ‘home’ if that’s not their wish.

I have a dream that injured breadwinners can remain living with their own families, not separated or relocated because their physical limitations force them to live in a ‘facility’ miles away.

I have a dream that disabled children live the most normal life possible including living in their own home surrounded by the care and love that only a family can give, not in an ‘institution’.

I have a dream that homes will be designed to promote the dignity of all mankind, and not just accommodate the young and healthy.

I have a dream that I can live my entire life in the same house even if I’m disabled.

Now what? No marches in the beltway. Yet :)

What if a team of professionals collaborated to discover the best solution for each person who has challenges living in their current home?
What if an occupational therapist assessed the situation from a care perspective?
What if they took their assessment to a universal/adaptable designer who could translate that perspective into the physical space and redesign the living space to not only function well but look great?
What if the builder/remodeler was a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist AND had a passion for this idea?

Can you imagine professionals from unique perspectives collaborating together to arrive at the best solution for you or your loved one? Not only the best solution, but a range of options to choose from depending on timing and finances. Speaking of finances, wouldn’t this team be hitting on all cylinders if there were an insurance and finance specialist who could navigate that arena for the team?

The second most-used phrase that MLK uses in his speech is “let freedom ring…”.
My dream: it’s about freedom. For you and your loved ones.

The dream is taking shape! Stay tuned, and tell me what you think of my dream? Is it yours too?

17 Responses to “I HAVE A DREAM”

  1. admin Says:

    Video of MLK “I have a dream” speech: http://www.mlkonline.net/video-i-have-a-dream-speech.html

  2. Gina Parris Says:

    Wow, that is so great that your business flows from your very dream to bring freedom to people as they age and as they suffer disability. You are such a gifted builder and consultant on all these things. I know you will help a ton of people, J! Keep dreaming – and keep making the dream known.

  3. John Lusher Says:

    Great post J – and I fully support your dream! As a son of an aging mother, I want nothing more than to see her stay in her home and be comfortable in her surroundings. This dream is one we can all share and support. I am excited to know you J and to learn more about this dream and how we can all support it!

  4. Danielle Miller Says:

    J,

    Your dream and aspirations are truly inspirational. One of the biggest concerns of parents who have special needs children is “where will they live when I’m gone?” Having a home that already accommodates their needs is a huge step in relieving that stress and anxiety.

    You are going to help so many people!

  5. Paul Tran Says:

    J – I am touched by your mission and impetus for why you are in business. I am also excited about the niche you’ve carved out with so much potential. To align your passion, your compassion, and your work in harmony is a rare but meaningful thing. I wish you nothing but continued and amplified success! As my parents get older, it’s impossible to think of putting my parents in a different environment that their physical, mental, and emotional state would experience a shock from. Trust you me we’ll be talking soon!

  6. admin Says:

    Thanks for the encouragement! It seems that everyone can find themselves somewhere in this story and your comments resonate that. Just got another client this morning!

  7. Laurie March, @EvangelistaLA Says:

    Humbling. It’s so wonderful to know you and your team have devoted so much time already to knitting together the perfect blanket of care and skill to offer something like this to your community.

    I can only imagine the gratitude these clients will feel, knowing how well you will be looking after their needs. You have a real passion for care-taking – what a beautiful talent in a home builder and remodeler.

  8. Rochelle Veturis Says:

    Beautiful post J. It’s clear that you are on an inspired mission to help some of the most forgotten people in our society (i.e. the elderly, aging, disabled). How incredible. I can’t wait to hear the stories of the people you help. And on that note, I may have an insurance company you’d like to work with. The owner is like you in so many ways, compassionate, bright, tenderhearted, fun, gracious. Plus, he loves the Lord. Winning combination like you, right?

    Honored to call you a friend and please let me know how I can support you in this incredible vision. You’re going to bring hope to so many people J. Exciting.

  9. Leslie Genchi Says:

    Really Beautiful J! I can’t wait to put this on our wordpress site coming soon!!

    I am really blessed to have met you and to be a participant in your dream!

  10. Raad Ghantous Says:

    That is a really uplifting and wonderful message J and a dream we can all share in :) Thanks for such a passionate and sincere share and awareness raising posting.

    Dream on buddy!

    Raad

  11. Ben Morey Says:

    J I believe God leaves us on this earth to help others in what every way we can. To put our efforts together in a way that brings skill sets together for a common goal of helping others, who want and need help,is a real blessing. It does take a receiver to be a giver, and to be able to fill a real need now and for someones future brings joy in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your vision with us who have a common goal and effort.

  12. admin Says:

    Thank you for the encouragement! As I read some of your comments on my BB before approving there is a sentence that is added above the “approve” button. It’s written in the same style and size font as your messages and it says “are you sure you want to do this?” !!! At first I thought it was part of the comment and it caught me off guard. Now I read it like an affirmation: “of course I want to do this!” and my desire grows! We had our third team meeting this morning and the momentum is growing- Fun!

    Ben-I totally agree and this is bigger than me in every way because it speaks to the very heart of “what should be” and what we are to be about in life. It will hopefully be a fully integrated expression of what it means to be human at work, in faith, living with eyes wide open. I appreciate your help!

  13. Tim Tyrell-Smith Says:

    J – I love this concept! A perfect fit with your gifts and a way to use your business for good. Go for it!

  14. Jane Regan Says:

    Great post! I am working so hard to make this happen. I have so many pieces in place, just need a little bit more and we can make it happen, all of us, together.

    I DO work with a Therapist, Dr. Shapira, in my town. Also work with the Senior Coastsiders and the Adult Day health center to make sure we get to the right people. It is so rewarding. Someday soon I’ll be in touch about Bath Packs…maybe sooner than later!

    Keep the faith.

    Jane

  15. Peter Durkson Says:

    Thank you for your inspiring post.

    My wife and I are moving to St George, Utah in June to pursue our dream of creating a LifeSpan Community (See http://www.lifespanhomes.com)

    I’d like to learn more about your experience with aging in place issues and your thoughts on my dream of building a LifeSpan Homes Community.

    Take care,

    Peter
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/durkson

  16. Abbie Sladick Says:

    What a great humanistic and universal approach to the realities of life. May I re-post this on http://www.Universal-DesignNetwork.com?

    Abbie

  17. admin Says:

    Thanks Abbie! Absolutely repost and spread the word! J