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An innovative approach.


Although SLS will always partially rely on the generosity of individuals, organizations, and foundations across the United States, we plan to generate revenue through internal and external micro-businesses. These businesses will serve three purposes: (1) Help sustain SLS services, (2) Provide employment to the SLS community and other adults with developmental disabilities, matching their skillsets to needed services, and (3) Give SLS residents the opportunity to interact with the broader community.

Our goal is to continually explore multiple ways to be sustainable and decrease the financial burden placed on families, individual donors and foundations. This includes, for example, insurance claims, unrestricted government funding, endowments, and public-private partnerships. The end goal is to provide best-in-class services, support, and amenities to individuals regardless of socioeconomic status.

Multipurpose micro-businesses.

SLS will pursue a three-prong strategy that includes: (1) For-profit businesses that significantly engage SLS community members primarily for therapeutic outcomes, (2) For-profit businesses that engage SLS community members to an appropriate degree, but that are intended to drive significant revenues, and (3) Businesses that may have no direct engagement for SLS community members but that will be outstanding, complementary, and profitable tenants. The primary financial objective for the affiliated and tenant for-profit businesses will be to eventually cover at least forty percent of the operating costs for the SLS community.

Representative examples of micro-businesses include, for example: bike shop and repair, coffee shop, farm-to-table restaurant, hydroponic year-round vegetable production, solar power production, data analysis and research services.