About

Our Mission

Sunshine Social Club was created to help adults with disabilities, intellectual or physical, who wish to live with supported independence. Regardless of where they fall on the disability scale, adults who currently live with a parent or guardian need to develop skills to live on their own. We are here to help.

We do this primarily through social interaction, because we believe Friends are the Sunshine of Life.

Our Values

We are privately funded and volunteer-driven. We are not affiliated with the United Way. We do, however, partner with local and national university and organizations which help promote our goals.

We value opportunities to integrate adults with disabilities into their local communities, and encourage relationships through small groups, volunteer activities, and classes that teach life skills.

  • Social involvement is linked to successful employment, independence, self-confidence and inclusion.
  • Friends are the sunshine of life.
  • Learning is a life long process and the knowledge empowers.
  • Community involvement creates a higher quality of life and opens new doors.
  • People with intellectual disabilities who …
  • – continue to learn new skills – develop supportive social networks – are integrated into their communities … have a greater chance of successfully living in a supported or independent setting.
  • A community of individuals with intellectual disabilities can be an inclusive part of the community-at-large and add to the fabric of society.

History

“Friends are the Sunshine of Life”

That is the motto of the newly formed Sunshine Social Club and Sunshine Barn.

It all started seven years ago when Lisa Batts visited Down Home Ranch in Texas. “I couldn’t get my mind off of it” Lisa told me. Lisa also realized, as so many of us do, that when her son Aron got out of School there was little to nothing for him to do. Not only were there not many options for Aron, but not many for Lisa’s adult cousin, who also happens to have Down Syndrome. So Lisa began sharing her vision for a smaller version of Down Home Ranch in Boone County, Indiana. Lisa’s uncle, Fred Cooney, a local Mass Avenue developer, entrepreneur, and artist could see Lisa’s vision and wanted to help.

In the summer of 2014, an 8 acre plot of land containing a ranch style home and a machine shop, located south of Lebanon and just west of Zionsville, Indiana, was purchased. During the auction, Lisa shared with others what she wanted to do with the land. She soon found out that one of the neighbors adjacent to the property has a son with Down Syndrome. One of the potential bidders there that day has a daughter with Cerebral Palsy and a second bidder had a daughter with “challenges” as well. It was just meant to be that the Sunshine Society would get the property. With some help, that 8 acres containing a machine shop was transformed into The Sunshine Barn and opened in August 2014 just in time to celebrate Aron’s birthday. It is a warm, welcoming, “down home” feeling ranch with rustic western themed décor, a stage for karaoke, and plenty of room to relax and unwind.

 

When asked what Lisa envisions for the future of the Sunshine Barn, she expressed a desire to have weekly events, such as: educational programs, exercise/fitness classes, art classes, and a garden in the spring. She wants the Sunshine Barn be a place of collaboration and opportunity. In short, she wants to create an environment where individuals with intellectual or physical challenges are welcomed and can thrive. “Individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities may not always be turned away from places in the community, but they aren’t necessarily accommodated all the time either” says Lisa. That is why it is so important that there are opportunities to create friendships, hence the motto, “Friends are the Sunshine of Life”.

Board Members

Courtney Clark

Courtney Clark

Volunteer

“Volunteering at Sunshine Social Club gives me and people like me the opportunity to give back to our communities and feel like we are contributing and giving something back. It also gives us a sense of worth and purpose and it makes us feel like we’re actually making an impact on things that really matter.”

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Sunshine Barn

The Sunshine Social campus is located just south of Lebanon and west of Zionsville, Indiana. It is a hub for adults with disabilities who live throughout central Indiana, although at this time participants are responsible for transportation to and from events.

Request more information about Sunshine Social Club by contacting us any time.

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