Current Challences

1.      Lack of work, low wages, low self-worth
2.      Dependency created by care-centered approach
3.      Inequality in community
4.      High social costs for short-term benefit
5.      Unmet individual,  family  & public expectations

1.      Obligated to work, real wages, pride in success
2.      Work-centered self-reliant directed
3.      Full community participation & integration
4.      Less social costs for long-term benefit
5.      Directly responsive to individual, family & public

Our Approaches

Mulberry Village flips the current model from care-centered to work-centered approach and integrates the other transitioning fundamentals through a residential campus setting and in community.

In Sonoma County, residential housing and day program care is the centerpiece of most services. Training, coaching, supported and look-alike work provisioning, day programs and transportation are provided separately by a host of different providers. The various services are associated for scheduling purposes but are not designed to integrate the soft skills and networks needed to independently succeed and function in adulthood. Each provider has their own mission, principles and culture. There does exist a hope and desire for meaningful work to result from their services but good intent, high public costs and programmatic efforts have not born the wanted results.

Mulberry Village's approach begins with the concept that work is one of society’s most important institutions. It is the primary mechanism through which spending power is allocated. It provides meaning, structure and identity. This principle is the primary impulse behind Mulberry Village’s approach. Rather than solving one issue at a time, we hold that all aspects of a person’s life interact, and all people must interact legitimately and successfully with others to make their lives work.

Enterprise is at the center of the campus. As such, all activities revolve around one’s work. That work must be meaningful in that it is the type of work which directly serves to benefit others and requires personal interactions and commercial transactions.

Social Therapy is the modality for learning. Social Therapy relies on the power of the human relationship as the primary tool to create, guide and motivate. It is a professional discipline inspired by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf Schools, and put into practice by Karl König, the founder of the Camphill Movement. At its heart is the concept that a healthy social environment is essential for adults with special needs to live productive, independent, and joyful lives. A healthy social environment is best cultivated through community where members directly contribute through work that serves to benefit others. [Aspects of Youth Guidance, Cornelius Pietzner, SteinerBooks,1999]


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Inclusion is broadly interpreted. It means that individuals maintain the right to choose with whom they live, play and work. To do so successfully requires a broad set of social, behavioral and transactional skills to fully participate in community as an equal. It means self-determination with the tools and resourcefulness to carry it out.