New community to provide independence, integration, education and employment for adults with IDD.

Daymark Living, a novel residential community that was conceived, designed and built for people with intellectual and developmental delays (IDD), has started signing leases.

This latest milestone comes after breaking ground in late May on a 40-acre community with 28 resort-style cottages designed to facilitate friendships and foster independence in a supportive, safe and supervised environment. Daymark Living’s doors are anticipated to open in the summer of 2018.

The 202-bed community is located at 818 Cantrell St. Waxahachie, Texas, just 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas.

It’s in a location where the target population is dramatically underserved. That’s because in Texas, presently, just 400 quality beds exist for roughly 574,000 adults with IDD in the three major markets (Dallas, Houston and Austin/San Antonio), according to a Texas Workforce Investment Council report. Combined, those beds serve less than one percent of the identified population.

The concept was conceived after John Poston, a well-seasoned commercial real estate veteran, realized there was no proper environment for his son, Michael, to go after he graduated high school.

“Michael has Down syndrome. But you know what else he has? He’s got a high school degree, proven dependability, socially engaging personality – and has an incredible desire to contribute. There’s no doubt in my mind he’d be able to thrive in a corporate environment,” said Poston, founder and president of Daymark Living. “Research tells us there’s more than 250,000 Michaels in the North Texas area, and we want to be a resource for as many of them as possible.”

Poston used his background in real estate to study the business models of college dorms and assisted living facilities. Next, he reached out to who he considered to be the “best of” in each sector – who all quickly responded and got on board.

Daymark Living’s partners include: Aspen Heights, a specialist in unique college student housing concepts; Greystone Management Services, the nation’s leading developer and manager of continuing care senior living communities; and Marbridge, a non-profit residential community that offers transitional and lifetime care to adults with a wide range of cognitive abilities. Montgomery Street Partners provided the financing.

Together, the partners created Daymark Living, which includes:

  • A private room and bathroom for each resident.
  • A dining hall, where all meals are included.
  • Educational classes where vocational skills are taught.
  • Transportation to employment opportunities.
  • State-of-the-art technology to promote both safety and independence.
  • Medical practitioners staffed round-the-clock.

Waxahachie, a growing town of 40,000 people with ample employment options for adults with IDD, a historic and walkable downtown, and a welcoming community, is conveniently located just 30 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, providing easy access to additional job opportunities and world-class resources.

“Waxahachie has welcomed us with open arms, and the community has every amenity our residents need – including easy access to Dallas and Fort Worth,” Poston said.