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Hope Houses at Hope Meadows


Hope Meadows is an intergenerational community created to support adoptive families and children coming out of the foster care system. Many of the seniors who have contributed to the community as informal grandparents for over a decade are finding it increasing difficult to "age in place" as their health and mobility decline.

The new Hope Houses, connected to the existing Intergenerational Center and adjacent to the new community house, are designed to preserve the relationships between seniors and adopted children so that the elders do not need to move as their health declines. Mithun led an interactive series of workshops with staff and designers to create a concept that:

  • creates a place for seniors to be able to continue to live and age in community as independently as possible.
  • includes connection to an intergenerational center (IGC) as the social, cultural and educational hub for the community.
  • features a new community center for large gatherings, adjacent and accessible to the Hope Houses and IGC which can be replicated in other intergenerational communities.



  • Merit Award, American Institute of Architects / AAHSA Design for Aging


  • Client: Generations of Hope
  • Start: 2009
  • Size: Two 4-unit buildings totaling 11,000 sf; 4,500 sf community center
  • Location: Rantoul, Illinois