15 Main Street, East Orleans
Cape Cod Village has completed the purchase of a 3.8-acre parcel in the heart of Orleans Village Center, which will be the site of thoughtfully designed housing for 16 adults on the autism spectrum. The residence will consist of four townhomes, each accommodating four individuals and incorporating the best models and practices available for such homes.
Cape Cod Village (CCV) was founded in 2011 by Bob and Lauren Jones, clinical social workers from Orleans, Massachusetts, and the parents of a young adult son with autism. Concerned about the lack of suitable long-term housing opportunities for adults with autism, they and other Cape Cod parents of children with autism formed Cape Cod Village, “An Innovative Community for Adults with Autism.” Its goal is to create quality housing and programs to meet the unique needs of adults on the autism spectrum.
CCV co-founder and president Bob Jones says, “It will certainly ‘take a village’ to build this village, but with the help and support of many, the dream to build these residences will be realized.” Co-founder and board member Lauren Jones adds, “We hope our program will serve as a pilot for the Commonwealth, and possibly even the nation.”
Representing Cape Cod Village as Buyer’s Agent in the purchase, Realtor Fran Schofield of Robert Paul Properties said, “This land acquisition represents a major step in realizing the vision of CCV and its supporters. It was my honor to have represented them in this endeavor.” The land acquisition was funded by the town’s Community Preservation Act reserves, and with a loan from the Disability Opportunity Fund. Please visit www.CapeCodVillage.org to learn more about this worthy organization and how to help. All donations to the non-profit CCV are tax deductible.