Bridge Meadows Beaverton, which will replicate the success of Bridge Meadows North Portland, addresses the chronic issue of foster children in Washington County by creating permanent families and homes for foster children exiting the child welfare system, and surrounding the new families with supportive “honorary” grandparents, all living inter-dependently within an intentional intergenerational community.
Families agree to adopt or become the legal guardian of children from the Oregon foster care system and elders (adults 55 years of age and older) agree to contribute 100 hours per quarter to the Bridge Meadows community. Elders, who gain a new found sense of meaning and purpose, are encouraged to share their gifts and talents (e.g. mentoring youth, helping with homework, providing emotional support to parents and/or youth, helping in the community garden, etc.). The community’s built-in interdependency combined with staff support and collaborations with community partners provides the opportunity for adoptive families and elders to thrive.
Bridge Meadows Beaverton includes:
- 9 homes for adoptive/guardianship families
- 7 three bedrooms and 2 four bedrooms
- 32 homes for adults 55 years of age and older
- 24 one bedrooms and 8 two bedrooms
- Community gathering spaces
- Community gardens
- Homes with residents’ income between 30% and 80% of the average median income as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Community support specialist that assists with developing and implementing resident services
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