Although traditional models champion the goal of independence for individuals with special needs, Yellow House Community celebrates the idea of interdependence – that individuals can depend on and support one another as they strive to be their healthiest, happiest selves. In fitting with this thinking, YHC programming promotes caring for one another.
Daily activities are designed around the theme of Taking Care: Taking Care of our Bodies, Taking Care of our Home, Taking Care of Each Other, Taking Care of Our Community. Programming is enriched by trips to the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op to shop for healthy food, explorations in the kitchen, volunteer opportunities with local organizations, exercise sessions at Middlebury College, fieldtrips to local businesses, lunches with neighbors, a monthly Artist-in-Residence series, visits to the Middlebury town library, holiday celebrations, and seasonal recreation (XC skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, swimming) to name a few. Projects, art, music, and good food are programming staples at Yellow House. YHC’s downtown location provides easy access for residents to community resources, events, and social activities so Yellow House residents are always in the mix.