Located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Beacon Transitions specializes in working with young adults who present with learning disabilities, generally in the form of autism spectrum disorder, and who are looking to live a life of more independence. Whether our clients are just starting out after high school, or have experienced some of life’s roadblocks during their college careers and young adult lives, we recognize that they need support in meeting incremental goals that align with their long term plans. All of our clients have come to us with emerging skills in all areas of independence but need coaching and guidance from a support system that can help them become fully engaged.
Our Mission is to provide individualized services to our residents as they pursue goals related to personal independence, higher education, social and emotional resilience, and family relationships.
Our Licensed Clinical Team is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Our Case Managers provide individual services to each resident and their family as they transition into adulthood and achieve their goals. Our Teachers, Direct Care Team, and Employment Specialists work one on one with our clients to help them learn the skills needed to self-actualize and hit targeted milestones of achievement
At Beacon, we're able to help students achieve success because the outcomes are set not only by the treatment team, but largely by the client themselves. Successful completion of our program means that participants are either employed, with the skills and supports needed to live Independently, or in a college setting, developing long term career skills. If and when there is a deviation from a traditional path, we strive to support our client in whatever lights the flame that drives their ambition.
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Our Education Specialists help engage our residents and find appropriate job placements in the community. We've developed strong relationships with local companies and employers to help ensure the right fit. Through working with Vocational Rehabilitation of North Carolina, we are able to connect residents with on-site job coaching if appropriate. With an emphasis on trade skills, our clients leave with he certifications and training to secure gainful employment beyond entry-level positions
During Money Manangement class, residents learn how to budget, spend wisely, and invest in their future. Each resident has the opportunity to earn money, and learn how to manage it. When appropriate, we will connect residents with the public social services they are eligible for
With several fitness classes and labs per week, Our residents have opportunities to learn how to exercise, or pursue individual fitness goals. Each resident is provided a membership to a local Gym and we encourage engagement in community fitness events like 5K runs, Bike Tours, and Nature walks
We believe building strong interpersonal relationship skills is paramount to success. Our residents engage in individual sessions, participate in local clubs, volunteering groups, and community-based activities, and are encouraged to work with a local psychiatrist for medication management
In our Main residential facility, residents learn how to co-occupy living space, and maintain their personal belongings. In Home Living class, residents are taught the skills to prepare food, clean or furnish their rooms or apartments, and engage in self-care. All residents have access to communal meals, with the option to purchase their own food as it aligns with their nutritional plan
After being in a number of other residential programs, my son Alex has found a stable and very supportive environment at Beacon Transitions. He has certainly presented some unique challenges for the staff but rather than give up on him the entire team at Beacon, including Kelly as the director of the program, have leaned-in to tailor their support to meet Alex’s individual needs while at the same time imposing structure and setting boundaries. After almost five years of disappointing results and setbacks from recurring patterns of negative behavior I truly feel that Alex is finally on a path forward as a result of becoming a resident at Beacon Transitions. I am observing him benefit from the program philosophy, the culture of the milieu and the dedication of the experienced staff who provide the emotional support, coaching on social interactions and guidance on managing his job that he needs on a daily basis.
Ian - Parent of Client
Unfortunately, we aren't able to accept Insurance to cover monthly tuition. We can help connect our clients with Social Security benefits and Medicaid if they qualify. This may assist with covering medications, doctor visits, and affordable housing once they transition out of Beacon.
17.5-28 is the age range we can admit, with the average being 19-21. We do accept some outliers, with certain extra accommodations in regards to guardianship and willingness to participate.
While we encourage families to spend time together on visits, especially during Holidays, We operate 365 days a year, and are staffed 24/7 by certified and licensed professionals
Many of our clients complete assessment programs like Wilderness, or come from other residential programs, but it is not a prerequisite. We are able to do a comprehensive evaluation to assess each clients needs as they enter the program. Beacon is intended to be the last program young adults attend before transitioning to living independently.
While each client and their needs are unique, our Residential program is intended to be an average of twelve months, and we ask for a six month commitment. Beacon qualifies outcomes by metrics specific to the population we serve. The ability to live independent of supervision is the goal of our clients, and the path each one travels to get there is different. Often after clients have developed the skills to be successful in a workplace or college environment, they are ready to transition to living off campus.
We have significantly ramped up testing, and have a quarantine system in place, should any of our residents exhibit symptoms. We ask that all clients be tested before enrollment. We then do another rapid test on the day of admission. We have not experienced a case of Covid-19 in our program.
In Phase one, our clients move into our Main residential Facility. They begin on the highest level of supervision, which entails oversight of medication compliance, transportation to and from work and volunteer commitments, engagement in the program structure, such as classes, labs, fitness routines, and group meals, and monitored wireless access. Each client is accommodated with their own room, food, meal planning, and personal hygiene needs are provided for.
Clients are eligible for Phase Two after a minimum of 6 months in the Program. I'm Phase two, they transition into individual apartments that are on the same property as the main house. Pre-requisites for phase two include employment, demonstrating an ability to take their medications without supervision if applicable, and accruing a fixed dollar amount in savings. With greater privilege, comes greater responsibility. Clients will do their own grocery shopping, have the ability to bring a personal vehicle to campus and use it for transpiration to and from work, and will engage in clinical services consistently, including group and individual therapy sessions
In Phase Three, Clients transition from living on property owned by Beacon Transitions, to an apartment or house in the surrounding area, typically either Asheville or Hendersonville. They are assisted in this transition by their collective team, including their case manager, therapist, Life tutors Coach, and the administrative team. They will continue to receive services, including one on one sessions, coaching, counseling, and wellness checks, but by this point, clients have demonstrated an ability to live almost entirely independently