Down Syndrome Super Star #6 – The Village of the Blue Rose

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the DSAGSL is recognizing individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond for an individual with Down syndrome and/or the Down syndrome community.

We think the Village of the Blue Rose is the best example of high expectations for people with Down syndrome in the state of Missouri.

There are four young adults with Down syndrome living and working at the Village, and they are very happy and satisfied with their lives. The three ladies live in one home and the men live in another. They are responsible for menu planning, shopping, some cooking, laundry and house cleaning at their homes. Everyone works at least 20 hours per week at the Lodge Restaurant Bed and Breakfast, which is on 60 acres overlooking the Mississippi River, five miles north of Clarksville, Missouri. They also help in the Red Barn Antique and Gift Shop and the Flea Market Barn as needed.

The Village is closed on Monday and Tuesday, so that is when the residents do their shopping, banking, laundry, house cleaning and take care of personal business. They attend a local church in Louisiana on Sunday and participate in other community activities as they occur. They do Special Olympic sports in Troy with the Lincoln County Roadrunners and Hockey with Gateway Locomotives in St Louis, as well as downhill skiing with in Eureka.

The Village has been at the Clarksville location since 1997, the first residents came in 2000. They are funded by their Antique and Collectible Shop in Florissant along with fundraisers, donations and volunteers.  It is a great place for adults with Down syndrome to live fulfilling lives!

-Donna Ringling