Goldensun exists to promote the physical, social and spiritual well-being of adults with developmental disabilities.
We will provide a living environment that encourages better quality of life for our community members, strengthens the family, and encourages congregational and community support.
The vision of Goldensun started in 1971 at Trinity Mennonite Church. Trinity members started a school/day program for members with children or relatives with developmental disabilities.
That program ended in 1978 but these families and friends continued to meet. They searched for new ways to provide support for families who sought services in a faith-based environment for their loved one with developmental disabilities. In 1987, a committee was developed to work with the larger church organization supporting Trinity Mennonite. This partnership provided access to relationships, resources and expertise from other parts of the United States.
In 2003, Leroy Willems was hired as director to begin a residential program. Leroy had been integral in the operation of a similar program supported by the church in Northern Indiana. In 2004, Goldensun Peace Ministries was named, a mission statement agreed upon and application for a 501(c)3 status began. Beginning in late 2005, IDLA services were provided through a contract relationship with RAM Homecare, LLC. In 2010, Goldensun was approved as a vendor providing IDLA services.
Today, Goldensun is a non-profit, faith-based community serving 15 adults with developmental disabilities residing in a neighborhood on West Vista and West Orangewood near 45th Avenue in Glendale, Arizona.
Goldensun is a nonprofit 501c3 that offers community living within properties in a two-block section of Glendale, AZ. Our mission is to empower adults with developmental disabilities to live independently through support services from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Members who live in our community are approved by DDD to receive services for an Individually Designed Living Arrangement (IDLA)
Our passion is to extend Christ’s love to individuals with developmental disabilities, empowering them toward increased independence and enriched lives through interdependent relationships.
Goldensun is founded on a culture of community where members experience a healthy, independent environment and simultaneously benefit from shared transportation, community activities and friendship with peers in their neighborhood. This is accomplished with a mutually supportive team that includes our members, their families, and a dedicated, trained, and caring staff.
Life at Goldensun combines community activities, worship, contests, monthly potlucks and more.
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