Everyone Deserves a Loving Home

We pride ourselves in our excellence in quality of care and independence in living.

Dignity. Choice. Personal and Spiritual Growth.

“He never even turned around and said goodbye to us, he was just so happy to be with his friends,” said Maureen Sage, the mother of a resident of Noah Homes, as she described the day her son Ryan moved in. “And you know, that’s what you want for your kids. You want them to be happy, you want them to be surrounded by people who love them… and I would have to say that all of the hopes and dreams that you have for a normal kid, have really come true at Noah.”

Home Is Where the Heart Is

The average age of a resident is 48-years-old, with 26-years-old being our youngest and 70-years-old being our most senior. We’re working hard to open our doors to more people.

About Noah

Since 1983, our mission as a nonprofit has been to provide exceptional residential services and opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This now includes advocacy and community partnership. Our goal is to maximize each individual’s independence in a community environment that fosters dignity and respect, as well as personal and spiritual growth.

Our Homes

Today, there are 90 men and women we like to call “the folks” that chose a home at Noah Homes to call their own. Ten homes each are named to reflect the strong Hispanic culture of San Diego, such as Casa de Flores and Casa de Felicidad. Noah Homes is an oasis of peace as well as a hub of activity, offering residents continued opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment. The folks are our inspiration in action, helping us to understand how we can best support all people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation

Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation (the Foundation) is a single purpose charitable foundation supporting the work of Noah Homes. Pillars of the community and the Noah Homes board of directors established the Foundation to raise awareness of Noah Homes and to strengthen Noah’s present and future financial stability. Please visit the Ark Angel Foundation website for more information.

Daily Life

Residents leave their homes each weekday morning to work in the community with the support of a job coach, or to participate in a variety of community activities. Weekends are opportunities to enjoy San Diego and the outlying areas. There are plenty of choices every week for recreation, enrichment, and worship. Each member of a house is carefully selected based on their personal needs and ability to contribute to the house and to their housemates. Some favorites include ice skating, Padres baseball games, karaoke and bowling.

History

Though developmental disability is the thread common to all the folks who live at Noah, the reality is that once a person arrives, the diagnosis quickly fades into the background. Freed from the label, some very interesting people come into view.

In 1979, a group of Catholic parents met to brainstorm areas of concern for their daughters and sons with disabilities. The secret dream of each of the parents was that a faith-based home for their children could become a reality. After much persistence and hard work, the parents, community and Sister Kathryn Jennings managed to incorporate a facility and enter into escrow on a property.

In 1982, with the help of Walter Fitch III, Noah Homes, Inc., purchased eight acres in Spring Valley and in 1983 opened Casa de Felicidad with six residents and four people on staff. Becoming a model of best-practices for supporting people with disabilities and their families, Noah Homes has added three more acres, seven more houses and many more residents. Through fundraising and private donations Noah Homes has remodeled, expanded, and become a successful environment promoting a place of refuge, safety, and acceptance exactly like Noah’s ark.

The history of Noah Homes has included celebrating graduations from school, cashing first paychecks and shopping for a formal dress or tux for the Harvest Ball. It has called for supporting those whose parents have died and seeking solace when one of “the folks” dies. It has included walking with several of our friends into the darkness of Alzheimer disease. There have been moments of exhilaration, as well as profound sadness. It is all part of life and the wonder of being human. It is all an expression of love.

Molly

Molly

CEO

Phone: (619)660-6200

Chief Executive Officer since 2008, and past Noah Homes Board President, Molly oversees all aspects of the financial and operational well being of Noah Homes. She is also leading efforts to collaborate with community partners nationwide in advancing care and gaining funds for people with developmental disabilities. Molly maintains a climate that attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff dedicated to maximizing each individual's independence in a community environment that fosters dignity and respect, as well as personal and spiritual growth. In 1996, Molly was introduced to Noah Homes in a quest for care for her brother Herb, affectionately known as the “Sheriff.” He called Noah Homes his home for 14 years before he passed away of Alzheimer’s. Prior to joining Noah Homes, Molly successfully served as a small business consultant for 28 years in the private and nonprofit business sectors. Molly has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in Telecommunications and Film Management, and a minor in Business Administration Accounting.

Sandra

Sandra

COO / Program Director

Phone: (619)660-6200 ext.13

Sandra has been with Noah Homes for over 28 years. Her dedication and strong commitment to the residents has served as a model for employees past, present, and future. She has a reputation for excellence and high quality. For 22 years, Sandra served as the House Manager at Casa de Esperanz and for a period of time, she and her family lived in with the residents much like the L’Arche communities. During her last few years at Esperanza, Sandra held a dual title of House Manager and Quality Assurance Coordinator. In this role, she ensured we were in compliance with Title 17 & Title 22 regulations.

In 2009, Sandra moved into administration, under the title of Program Manager. Her many years of experience in the casas, along with her multiple certifications have rendered her a wonderful asset to the administrative team. She holds an Administrator’s License from the State of California for ARF care facilities and has applied her experience to help train the Noah staff, drawing directly from her experience working with the Noah residents. In the anticipation of the growth of Noah, as of January 2015, Sandra has accepted the position of COO/Program Director of Noah Homes.

Mary

Mary

Director of Development

Phone: (619)660-6200 ext.121

Mary is a former Board Member of 5 years who joined Noah Homes in 2014 as Marketing Manager to spearhead marketing and development initiatives. As a parent of a daughter with disabilities, Mary has turned her passion into action, including support for augmentative communication. Prior to Noah Homes, Mary served as a senior manager with Silpada Designs, and did consulting in strategic marketing. Previously, Mary worked for Richardson-Vicks, Procter & Gamble and Nabisco Brands as Brand Manager with expertise in new product development. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Sarah

Sarah

Human Resources Manager

Phone: (619)660-6200 ext.128

Sarah Scott is our Human Resources Manager and is the newest member of our Leadership Team. Sarah comes to Noah Homes with 25 years of Human Resources experience working in the public, private and non-profit industries with such notable organizations such as Sentra Securities Corp, San Diego National Bank, Sycuan Resort and Volunteers of America. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from SDSU, has held a PHR Certification since 2004 and obtained a Teaching Adult Learners Certification from UCSD.

Early in life Sarah donated her time as an Activities Aide for Fox Developmental Center in Illinois. She has also volunteered with Special Olympics and Make a Wish. After working in Human Resources for a number of years she wanted an opportunity where she could blend her Human Resources experience and also be of service to people in our community – that is when she found Noah Homes and is thrilled to become a part of our Noah Family.

Janis

Janis

Operations Manager

Phone: (619)660-6200 ext.125

As operations manager since February of 2015, Janis oversees eight houses, four buildings and 11 acres of land with lots of great help!
She first visited Noah 18+ years ago while providing music with the Mission De Alcala folk group, and experienced the joy of being surrounded by the “folks” at Noah Homes. Prior to Noah Homes, Janis worked for 27 years in the reprographics industry, working with architects, engineers and others in the building industry. Additionally, she also worked part-time transporting special education students at GUHSD as a bus driver.
Janis enjoys being involved with the new construction at Noah, her dad was a third generation carpenter and her husband is an architect. She hails from New Hampshire where she also went to college for Business Management. San Diego has been her home since 1985.