Finding no acceptable options when their children with IDD, Intellectual Developmental Delay, turned 21 and faced “aging out” of the residential educational system in Pennsylvania, a group of committed parents joined together to found Little Acorn House, a residential home located in the Kimberton area, accommodating four young adults.
Based on the Lifesharing model that these children and families experienced while attending Camphill Special School, Little Acorn House was developed to not only allow for a meaningful life specialized around each young adult’s interests and needs, but to find innovative ways to help each individual continue their growth and education in an inclusive setting.
At Little Acorn House, young adults with disabilities are encouraged to live as independently as possible in a safe, nurturing home where lasting relationships can be developed with people they call family and where residents can lead richer, fuller lives. Little Acorn House encourages residents to have a voice in making the house their home – from choosing daily activities to the color of the walls in their own rooms.
Our dedicated, specially trained staff provides each individual with round-the-clock care and personalized support, including:
- 24-hour home-based monitoring
- Medication management oversight
- Community integration/structured activities
- Life skills development
- Activities of daily living management
- 24/7 on-call support from our team of experts
The strong connection with Camphill School continues to enrich the vision and mission of Little Acorn House. The founding parents chose to establish Little Acorn House within the community of Kimberton which has over 50 years of history in welcoming Camphill’s philosophy and will allow for ongoing integration with the Camphill Communities for special events, festivals and daily living.
For the young adults living at Little Acorn House, this innovative program in cooperation with KenCrest provides these residents with an invaluable sense of home, community and family, giving them the chance to live life to the fullest every day.
And for the parents and families of those served by Little Acorn House, this program provides invaluable peace of mind, knowing that their children are safe, cared for by skilled and compassionate professionals – and at home with their Little Acorn House family.
Meet Our Acorns
Little Acorn Resident
My name is Leta. My Mom affectionately calls me “troublesome truck”, possibly because I’m very strong but more likely because I generally tend to simply plow through life. I am 21 years old and like Will, I have a birthday in August. I share my birthday with former President Barack Obama. I promise I am not making a political statement by telling you this but….
Little Acorn House is an amazing home and I am so grateful for everyone who has made it possible. I love my house parent Gabriella and her 2-year-old son Oscar. And all the other co-workers that live here are like family to me now. We have so much fun together working around the house, taking care of the animals and spending time in Kimberton and Phoenixville. My favorite things to do are going for long walks at Valley Forge and taking care of our two bunnies. I also love it when my mom and brother and sisters come to visit me. I look forward to going home to their house sometimes, but this is my home now.
As you can see from my picture, I take my gardening seriously. But I always clean up nicely!
Hi! my name is Will Cook and I am 22 years old, my favorite day is August 1st because it is my birthday! I have a big brother and a big sister, my brother is Nate 29 and I like to tease him that he is “real, real old” and my sister Meagan is 25 and I like to call her “Nonni” and she plays rugby. Nate and my sister-in-law Liz have a baby, “Addison” who is my niece, and they are due to have my 2nd niece later this year! Nonni just moved back to Philadelphia so I am very happy to see her on some weekends!
I moved into my forever home “Little Acorn House” this past July and I am having a blast here! My room makes me happy because when the sun comes up in the morning I can see the bunny hutches and the chickens from my windows. I love to work our land, retrieve fresh eggs every day, collect fresh milk from our Kimberton neighbors and sing along to piano music with my friends. I am so thankful to my Mom and Dad, the Gallagher’s, Lainey Mosely and our families and friends who have made Little Acorn House my home.
I love my Little Acorn Family and the life we are making together.
Hi, my name is Emily. I’ll be 22 in November, but I look more like a 4th grader. I have two big brothers Matt and Mike who are 23 and 24. They live in Downingtown, PA and so do my Mom and Dad so I get to see them all the time. I started to go to Camphill Special School when I was 7 years old and in 1st grade but didn’t live there during the week until I was in 7th grade. At first my parents didn’t like me living away from them but I was able to do more at school then at home so it was a chance for me to grow. Camphill has a cool feel to it and the staff never saw my disabilities, only my abilities. So in July when it was time for me to leave Camphill, my parents joined Leta’s Mom and Will’s parents to create Little Acorn House with Camphill as their model.
You know what they say, from one little acorn can grow a whole forest. The Little Acorn House staff I live with give me a chance to be me. It’s not about me helping them; it’s about them helping me. I can’t speak but everyone at Little Acorn House still knows what I want and need because we live together and they really know me. They know when I don’t feel well or if I’m going to have a seizure.
Right now, I get to gather eggs from our chickens, garden and help with some house chores. I love music and now that Little Acorn House has a piano, Zach, a member of the staff, plays the piano and we listen to music a lot. Little Acorn House is planning on adding goats and sheep to the farm and once that happens, I’ll get to help feed them and muck stalls. I love to participate in everything but I need help all the time and that’s great because everyone at Little Acorn House helps each other.