The Lukas Community is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity and a year-round residential community for adults with developmental challenges. It is located on 65 acres in rural Temple, NH and serves those in the greater Monadnock Region. It was founded in 1981 by a group of individuals who saw the desperate need for a place where adults with developmental challenges could live full and productive lives. Lukas Community has grown over the years from a single extended-family household with a handful of residents when it opened its doors in 1981 to become a vibrant community of four households, 16 residents, 6 house parents, 2 full time employees, 14 part-time employees. Lukas is both licensed as an assistive living facility and certified by the Bureau of Developmental services in NH.
In the spirit of building a community that fosters personal growth and development of its members, the Lukas Community continues to grow and change, adapting itself to meet the ever-evolving needs of its residents. At the Lukas Community, both “abled” and “disabled” persons live together as an extended family, sharing their lives and work. House parents are co-workers who have taken on the responsibility for the management of a household of individuals with disabilities and support other co-workers and volunteers while creating a supportive and nurturing home environment. The house parents provide training and guidance in direct care to part-time employees and volunteers, household duties and supervise a variety of programs. Our facility is therapeutic in our approach to supporting adults with developmental disabilities.