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Tierra Village's Ten Principles

1. A person-centered organization commits to co-creating a community where each person’s life is as rich and wide as they want it to be.

2. A person-centered learning community creates an environment that helps address feelings of loneliness, helplessness and boredom frequently experienced by people living with disabilities and/or living in isolation.

3. The opportunity to contribute meaningfully, and give as well as to receive care fosters dignity, worth and respect. 

4. A lifelong learning community allows daily life to include variety and spontaneity within a safe collaboratively built context.

5. Meaningful activity is essential to human health and well-being, and is fostered through person-centered opportunities for paid and volunteer work, recreation, social participation and creative arts.

6. Person-centered support responds to the individual’s preferences, privacy, culture, beliefs and personal growth.

7. A person-centered community honors its residents and care partners through its commitment to collaborative decision-making with clear roles and processes.

8. Collaborative and democratic decision-making includes evolving systems, programs and policies responsive to changing needs of the community, and empowered residents, and their advocates, in exercising their personal, legal and human rights.

9. Co-creating a nurturing community is an ongoing process dependent on open and non-judgmental communication, with support to learn and use these communication skills.

10. Wise collaborative leadership, shared goals and a commitment to stewardship of self, others and home are the building blocks of an evolving resident-centered community.

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