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Independence Landing is a safe, affordable residential community with a range of amenities for adults with intellectual and/or cognitive disabilities.

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Our Mission

We provide a home for individuals of all abilities that allows them to enrich their own lives.

Independence Landing is a not for profit corporation, the mission of which is to build an affordable safe, planned residential community for adults with varying intellectual and/or developmental disabilities allowing residents to successfully lead independent and fulfilled lives.

Most residents will need only a modicum of support by way of verbal prompts and reminders, mentoring, independent living coaching,  and limited supervision.  Many will go to work, continue their education or vocational training, or participate in local day training services with the provider of their choice off campus.

All residents will have the opportunity to avail themselves of community dining, a full social calendar, continuing education, personal growth and vocational opportunities, recreational activities, healthy meals and active lifestyles, and engagement with neighbors, friends and civic organizations, all with the goal of fostering maximum independence, happiness, and fulfilling lives.

Rent is paid for by residents and their families along with auxiliary fees that cover meal plans and social and vocational activities as selected by residents.

The Story

“A real future for our most challenged citizens”

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Planned Amenities

Healthy Lifestyles & Active Living

Residents of independence Landing will lead active lives with daily activities including fitness programs, yoga, gardening, outdoor lawn games, and access to the many amenities of the brand new 42 acre adjacent city park and Southwood walking and biking trails, golf course, and tennis courts.

The commercial grade kitchen in Independence Landing will serve to provide healthy evening meals and to teach simple meal preparation.

There will be a strong focus on social activities including shared evening meals with fellow residents and guests, activities with neighbors, visiting family members and non-disabled mentors, cook-outs, movie nights, ice-cream socials, participating in volunteer activities in the community, attending college ball games, and other social activities as selected by residents.

Lifelong Learning

Just as their non-disabled peers, individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities must have opportunities for life long learning. Professors from area colleges and universities are ready to assist residents in art, music, gardening, cooking, literature, film, and other experiences of their choice.

Residents will have the ability to learn and practice independent living skills including housekeeping, budgeting and money management skills, self care and hygiene, appropriate and safe use of public transportation, understanding relationships with fellow residents and neighbors, and other topics as selected by residents. Importantly, residents will continue to learn and practice vocational and job training skills with the goal to obtain and keep a job.

Inclusion in the Community​

With a city bus stop and city park adjacent to Independence Landing, residents will have access to the greater city of Tallahassee and its offerings. The Southwood community provides amenities within walking and biking distance including doctor offices, restaurants, grocery and drug stores, and a multitude of potential job work sites. Florida law mandates that state agencies hire a percentage of their workforce from the disabled population and there are numerous state agencies within a short bus ride or walking distance from Independence Landing.

Many civic and faith based organizations, including the Florida State University School, neighbors, and hobbyists are poised to engage with residents, providing life enrichment for all.

The Story

“It’s about enhancing dignity and self-respect”

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A Glimpse into Future

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Meet the Board

Board of Directors

Gil Ziffer

Chair

Steve Auger

Brice Barnes

Scott Brewer

Caroline Brewster

Jon Brown, Independence Landing Board of Directors

Jon Brown

Veronica Catoe, Independence Landing Board of Directors

Veronica Catoe

Stacy Chambers, Independence Landing Board of Directors

Stacy Chambers

Liz Dudek

Cindi Goodson

Treasurer

Brett Ketcham

Vice Chair

Earle Klay

John Leace

Debie Leonard

Toni McCoy

Carrie McNeill

Terry Mendicino

Tim Stapleton

Denise Wilson