Lara's House is a model residential home for women with disabilities located on 4.5 acres of beautiful desert land in east Mesa, Arizona. Lara's House also offers part time care and activities for all people in the special needs community. Beacon Family Services, a state approved agency, provides all staffing and care for Lara's House.
Lara’s House is a home of loving care and compassionate support, helping those who are served by it to live life to their fullest capacity. The peaceful, natural and healthy surroundings provide an enriching environment for all involved: the women who live there, those participating in activities and programs, the staff and volunteers who serve them, their families and the community. It is our vision that Lara's House become a model of exemplary care and services that inspires and educates all who are touched by it, offering the highest quality amenities, services and benefits. Lara's House is a private group home, however residents and guests may use Arizona DDD respite, attendant care or habilitation hours for services provided.
Lara's House is the vision of the parents of Lara Nelson, a young woman with multiple disabilities. It was created as a response to her need for stable, supportive long-term living and learning arrangements, and their desire to provide that. As professional educators and school administrators*, as well as loving, concerned parents, Lara's parents are uniquely qualified to make this vision a reality, for Lara and others who share that need.
*Lara's parents are the founders and former administrators of Brighton School, a highly acclaimed private school in Washington State.
The home on the property was enlarged and renovated to accommodate the residential needs of up to 4 women, and day program activities and respite services for others with special needs. Those who would like more information about how Lara's House might serve their family's needs are invited to contact us directly through this website for more information.
Lara's House provides a beautiful, healthy, loving, and stimulating home and learning center for the individuals who live there and those who participate in activities. Caregivers and staff are carefully screened, highly trained and well compensated. Families are welcome to participate in activities and decision making as they desire. Because it is a private cooperative arrangement between the families participating, each person will receive care and services tailored to their particular physical, emotional, intellectual and vocational needs without becoming lost in a system of bureaucratic details.