We are a registered 501c3 non-profit co-developing affordable residential communities and creating programs and activities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that support independence and interdependence.
Our affordable housing community in Pleasanton, CA, and multi-disciplinary in-person and virtual programs and activities in Pleasanton and Livermore, CA are designed for adults with special needs (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, epilepsy, and other chromosomal abundancies).
To create places and spaces where adults with I/DD live, work, learn, and thrive as part of the greater community.
A world where people of all abilities are welcomed, empowered, and valued.
Sunflower Hill was founded in 2012 when Susan Houghton gathered a group of parents and community leaders together 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.