The concept of Glory Community was founded through the vision of Jim and Sandy Hembd as a community of five homes for adults with developmental disabilities where they would live semi-independently, close to friends and in a safe and stable home-style environment. Their twin sons, Mike and Mark were born in 1968 with Down Syndrome, grew up in the home of their parents, and went to work at jobs following high school graduation. The next hurdle was finding appropriate residential care for their adult life. What they were looking for did not exist.
Building the Vision
In 2002, Jim and Sandy began to build their vision and in 2005, Glory Community was established as a 501(C)3, private, nonprofit organization. The vision included a faith-based community, free of government support, where adults with developmental disabilities could live, work and socialize together. Construction on the first home of Glory Community was finished in 2012 , houses eight male residents and includes a two-bedroom apartment for the live-in caretaking couple. There are plans to begin construction on the equivalent female home as fundraising makes it happen.