Achieve Greater Self-Sufficiency
Cabin Mountain Living Center was established to provide opportunities for young men and women with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neuro-developmental disorders to achieve the highest levels of self-sufficiency possible, based on their individual capabilities. The living environment is a safe and structured community setting where residents receive support and guidance from mentors, life coaches and other staff members on a daily basis.
THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT
We currently provide lodging for our residents in the farmhouse, the retreat center and two apartments. We provide gender specific housing with some bedrooms being singles and some being doubles. There are several large common spaces where residents work on crafts, art projects, academic pursuits, cook together as a family, play games, and develop social skills. There is a workout room and a library space onsite. There are also several private spaces for residents to utilize when they need some time away. The Old Mill Campus is also 100 yards from a community recreation center, which can be utilized by our residents.
The residents of Cabin Mountain Living Center attend weekly life skills classes with two certified life coaches instructing them in areas such as Job Training, Household Management, Health and Nutrition, Budgeting, Managing Leisure Time, and Social Skills. Each resident completes a skills assessment upon arrival and then develops an individual growth plan. Training and support are provided based on his or her unique needs. The residents practice implementing life skills daily by going to work, managing their schedules, taking care of their households, caring for animals, etc. They also participate in community service projects and community sponsored events. We are truly immersed in our community.
We have recently been blessed to acquire a farmstead campus for Cabin Mountain Living Center. The property consists of approximately 11 acres that run along the Dry Fork River in Harman, WV. There are four buildings on the property as well as farmland and garden spaces. There is a large farmhouse, a working gristmill, a retreat center, and a cabin on the property. The entire property has been listed on the Register of Historic Places. The former owners (the Bucher Family) grew up on the property with their father as the physician who operated the Mountain Clinic onsite. He was a very kind man and was revered in the community. He delivered Angie Shockley when she was born, and most of her generation! He provided medical services in the community of Harman for over 20 years. After Dr. and Mrs. Bucher passed away, the siblings contacted me to see if we were interested in purchasing the property for Cabin Mountain as they felt it deserved to go to a higher purpose. We agree, and our residents are doing fantastic there!
Mark Shockley, MSW, Program Development and Social Services Director, oversees the operation of Cabin Mountain Living Center. Mark works directly with the clients on a daily basis and also interfaces with the Life Coaches and Mentors to ensure seamless transitions throughout the week.