Resident Spotlight

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Kyle – Being Treated Like Everyone Else

February 23, 2022

As the Residential Programs Manager at Irby Ranch, I’m fortunate enough to meet some really wonderful people. One such person is Kyle, this month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight! Kyle has been living at Irby Ranch since February 2021. When I first met him, I was struck by his bold personality, polite nature, and active listening […]

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Jennifer – Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

December 21, 2021

One of the reasons I love being the Residential Programs Manager at Irby Ranch in Pleasanton, CA is getting to know all of the unique residents. Jennifer, who is this month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight, is a great example. Jennifer lives at Irby Ranch with her young daughter and partner. She is a great advocate […]

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David – Designing His Own Independent Living Model

October 27, 2021

One of the reasons I love working as the Residential Programs Manager at Irby Ranch in Pleasanton, CA is the diversity in independent-living models among the residents in the community. With each resident bringing their own unique set of support services, Irby Ranch is an example of the uniqueness in what successful independent living can […]

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Lauren – A Feeling of Community

September 28, 2021

I’m excited to introduce you to Lauren, this month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight! Lauren moved into the community a year ago and shared that it’s been fun to live at Irby Ranch in Pleasanton, CA and engage with other residents and the surrounding community. Lauren enjoys participating in Sunflower Hill programs and activities held on […]

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Della – A Sense of Belonging

August 25, 2021

This month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight features Della, who shared with me how much confidence she has gained since moving into her new apartment back in November 2020. Della and her adorable dog, Dumpling, can often be found strolling through the Irby Ranch courtyard, or walking around the neighborhood. She is also a frequent attendee […]

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Shannon – Living Independently With Confidence

June 16, 2021

I’m so excited to share this month’s Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight on Shannon! The first things I noticed about Shannon when I met her for the first time were her bold personality and confidence. Shannon is both a resident at Irby Ranch and an employee of Sunflower Hill. As the organization’s Administrative […]

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Jennifer with dress and tiara standing in Irby Ranch courtyard.

Jennifer – Irby Ranch Sunshine Resident

May 19, 2021

I’m so excited to introduce you to Jennifer, this month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight! A self-described social butterfly, Jennifer’s thoughtful, kind, and humorous personality has garnered her many new friends since moving into Irby Ranch in September last year. Every time I see her, she is glowing and bright and happy – a real Sunshine […]

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Bruce – On Living Independently

April 21, 2021

‘Being able to make my own choice’ is a common theme I hear frequently from residents at Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch. As Caitee Valdez, the Residential Programs Coordinator and I plan programs and activities for residents, we think about how empowering it is for each person to make their own choice. I believe that […]

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Irby Ranch Resident Chris at computer smiling.

Chris – An Irby Ranch Storyteller

March 3, 2021

I’m so excited to introduce you to Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch resident, Chris, who is a college student, writer, and the Resident Spotlight for March! As part of our person-centered program offerings at Irby Ranch, Chris and I have met one-on-one several times over the last few months – always masked and distanced – […]

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Jennifer – A Choice To Do Things My Way

February 3, 2021

It’s been nearly five months since residents began moving into Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch, and so much has happened during that time! As the Residential Programs Manager, my mission is to engage with each and every resident. I create programs and activities designed to build confidence, foster independent living skills, and encourage residents to […]

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