Independent living community for special needs adults

Ross Sims
Ross Sims

Amarillo, TX - Adults with special needs in our area could soon have a place of their own thanks to an independent living community in the works.

When it's all finished it will be a one of a kind community campus in Amarillo and possibly the whole state of Texas.

"Pa and Megan's Place" @ High Plains is part of the High Plains Children's Home.

Right now limited housing is provided for high functioning mentally challenged adults.

So this center is designed to give them the independence they need to make it on their own.

"This is my room," says Ross Sims, resident at "Pa and Megan's Place" @ High Plains.

21-year-old Ross Sims is proud to say he has his own place.

"I'm up and ready all by myself," says Ross Sims, resident at "Pa and Megan's Place" @ High Plains.

He just recently moved in and is trying to become more independent.

"Always taking care of myself is what I want to learn how to do," says Ross Sims, resident at "Pa and Megan's Place" @ High Plains.

His housemate Garrett loves the independence too.

"I cook spaghetti for Ross and also steak for Ross," says Garrett, resident at "Pa and Megan's Place" @ High Plains.

Many adults with special needs are in the same situation.

They are at the point where no one can care for them, this gives them an opportunity to be left in good hands.

"They can raise their maturity level through further education, through counseling, through a work ethic and they can have the socialization of being around other people. They will be in an environment where they're secure and safe and where people won't take advantage of them," says Craig Howard, Executive Director, "Pa and Megan's Place" @ High Plains.

The activity center will serve as the community's hub.

"They can have birthday parties or it will be there if family's come in for reunions. They can go over there for their entertainment, for their exercise, to cook if they want to have pot-luck dinners and if they want to play games. All of the guests that we have on our campus will also gather there. So it's a beautiful six-thousand square foot facility," says Craig Howard, Executive Director, "Pa and Megan's Place" @ High Plains.

Ross says he can't wait for more people to start moving in.

"I'm very excited to make new friends," says Ross Sims, resident at "Pa and Megan's Place" @ High Plains.