If you are reading this, then you have probably had some thought similar to,  “how do I start to have my own life as an independent young adult.” We know that it can be hard, and it may seem completely overwhelming! We want you to know that every young adult has these feelings, even people who do not have the same exact struggles that you do. Every young adult needs help in starting to have their own life, and that help looks different for different people. At Beacon Transitions, we think we might be able to provide the exact kind of help that you need to help you on your way.
Are any of the statements below true for you?


  • I am looking to become a young adult who is able to live on my own away from parents or caregivers.
  • I have learning differences and see the world differently from others in some ways.
  • I sometimes struggle to relate to other people and often find myself doing the “wrong” things in front of people.
  • I want to live on my own, but realize that I’m not quite at the point where I can do it successfully.


If any of the statements above are true for you, then we might be able to help.  A lot of our residents come to us struggling in areas that are really important when becoming an independent adult. Many of these areas, like money management, social skills, maintaining a house or apartment, etc., were not taught very much in school. Yet, these are some of the exact skills you need to live on your own. The good news is, these skills can be learned, and we can help you learn them!


Below are several questions that we have been asked by many of our residents before coming to Beacon Transitions. If you have any additional questions, please email Kelly at or call at 828-713-9584


Is the program hard?

One of our residents says, “it is actually kind of easy because you learn new things and work your way up”. Of course, like anything that involves learning new skills, our program can be challenging at times. We will do our best to help you through anything that you find difficult in your quest to become more independent.

What are the qualifications for moving through the phases?

We provide each resident with a checklist of tasks and skills that need to be mastered before moving to each phase. We could send you a sample of this checklist, if you like.



Can you take college classes?
Yes, there are two local community colleges and one local liberal arts college. See the links below for more information about our local colleges:


Blue Ridge Community College

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (AB-TECH)

The University of North Carolina, Asheville (UNCA)


How often do I get to go home?

Residents are allowed to visits home based on their personal schedule. We think that you have a better chance of success if you stay at Beacon for the first 8 weeks without a home visit. We know that this idea may seem kind of scary for some, and we are willing to talk with you about your needs if you decide to be a part of our community.


Am I aloud to have a pet?
Pets are not allowed in phase 1 or 2 of the program.  Once you move into community living pets are an option if your landlord approves.

What activities do you do?

A lot! Some will be activities that you are really interested in, while others may be a new experience for you. Occasionally going outside of our comfort zone to learn something new can help you learn more independence. Activities that we do often are hiking, biking, rafting, movies, festivals, and going to sporting events.


Will I have a roommate?

Yes, most of the rooms in the program have two beds. We do have a few single-occupancy rooms, but those are more limited.


How do you decide who your roommate is?

We do our best to match roommates by personal interest and sleeping patterns.


Do you allow game systems?

We do not allow game systems upon enrollment. We feel that time away from video games can help our residents to be more successful when beginning our program. However, after a period of time that we determine together with you, game systems are allowed as long as they do not prevent you from meeting your goals for independence.