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.
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