About Us

Sunflower Hill is a registered 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to creating spaces and places where adults with developmental disabilities live, work, learn and realize their dignified place in the community. Our organization develops independent living residential communities, and offers vocational enrichment and life skills programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Our multi-disciplinary programs and activities are designed for adults with special needs (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, epilepsy, and other chromosomal abnormalities). While our programs are designed for people who are moderate-to-high-functioning, our seasoned staff work to make content and experiences accessible and inclusive to all ability levels.

Our Mission and Vision

To create vibrant residential communities and programs where adults with developmental disabilities live, work, learn and thrive as part of the greater community. We are committed to treating each person with respect, kindness and offering opportunities and choices to meet the needs of each person.


Sunflower Hill was founded in 2012 when Susan Houghton gathered a group of parents together and community leaders to discuss what would happen to their adult children with developmental disabilities when they themselves were no longer able to care for them. This dedicated group of parents established Sunflower Hill and dedicated themselves to finding long-term residential options for their adult children with developmental disabilities. The term, ‘sunflower hill’ was chosen to portray a field of radiant warmth, joy, longevity, and vibrancy. An inspiring quote from Margaret Mead provided a core tenet for the organization: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Sunflower Hill Founder, Susan Houghton and her son, Robby.