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Soundview Association, a private non-profit corporation, was established to offer a small, group home environment for severely physically and developmentally challenged young adults. The agency was founded in 1986 as a model project for the State of Washington, demonstrating that these individuals could successfully be served in their home communities, rather than in nursing homes and institutions. Funds from pivate donations a well as Federal and State grants, such as the Snohomish County Block Grant and the Washingon State Housing Trust Fund were used to purchase this first home in Stanwood, Washington.

During the agency's initial evaluation, the quality of Soundview's program was found to be so exemplary that DSHS requested that we expand our services to support communities in Skagit county.

In June of 1990, the agency created an Intensive Tenant Support program for five local individuals, providing them 24-hour care and supervision. These five residents pooled their resources to rent a home in Mount Vernon.In 1992, Soundview and its Skagit residents purchased a home of their own, thereby removing the pressures from renting from an unaffilaited property owner, and lessening their need for financial subsidy. The Feiger House, located near Skagit Valley Hospital, is now recognized as a Supported Living Program. The Supported Living model provides funding for people to live within their own community, unfortunately though, it does not provide funding for the place in which they live. Soundview relies heavily on community support and private donations to enhance and maintain the Fieger House.

In both homes, Soundview has created a warm, caring atmosphere that is responsive to a person's needs. Residents have a sense of power over their circumstances, make choices in their personal affairs, and develop their own relationships. Daily pursuits emphasize independent living skills and developmental growth. All residents maintain a regular community life; they hold jobs, go shopping, get exercise if they choose, and pursue their individual interests. Physicians in the local area meet residents' routine medical needs, and 24 hour agency staff support is provided to those who may be hospitalized, or need special care. Public advocacy is also an essential part of the commitment; most of the people served by Soundview are non-verbal, and require the assistance of knowledgeable caregivers to represent their interests.

Soundview's success has shown that even individuals with severe disabilities can take their rightful place in the community; to live with dignity, privacy, and share in the richness of community life. The donations made to Soundview through various fundraisers over the years have shown the generous and caring attitude of families, friends, and the general public
 
   
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