Abundant, Independent Living Happens Every Day

Opening Late Fall 2025 · Rome, Georgia

Ongoing safe, supportive housing and engagement programs for adults with mild IDD

Welcome to
Amber Grace

InJohn chapter 10 of the Bible, Jesus offers Himself as the gateway to an Abundant Life. Amber Grace holds this truth as both an invitation and a promise to ALL people – for a future life in heaven and a present life now – to provide a life rich with purpose, joy, fulfillment and hope, rooted in community with others. 

At Amber Grace, we work to build a heaven-inspired community, thoughtfully tailored for adults with mild Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). A place for those that need a little support to embrace all life has to offer. A community providing safety, love, and opportunity. Where purpose is found and relationships are cultivated, building lives of interdependence, forged in service to one another. 

And don’t forget FUN! So. Much. Fun! Amber Grace believes an Abundant Life embodies the gift of enjoyment individually as well as within community. Creating laughter, joy, genuine smiles, and fun for our Neighbors is a valued part of the Amber Grace experience.

Our Mission

To cultivate a Christ-led Abundant Life for every Neighbor, their Families, and the Communities we serve.

Our Story

In October of 1991, Amber was born into the Turner family. The youngest of four, Amber enjoyed the love and support of two older sisters and one older brother. Our family was also blessed by the support of a large extended family and an amazing network of friends and church family. Amber truly made our family special, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! As her parents, we (David and Debbie) embraced the opportunity of raising a child born with Down Syndrome and began the process of using all the available intervention services to aid in Amber’s development. If you are intimately involved in the life of a special needs friend or family member, you know these were busy years indeed.  

Upon the completion of her high school years, Amber, just like her siblings, desired to go to college. Blessed to discover Shepherds College, she was able to pursue her lifelong dream of studying Culinary Arts. As she nears the completion of her studies at Shepherds College, Amber continues to have the same dreams as her siblings – a life of independent living and opportunity.  

She is our why and inspiration for building Amber Grace Community. We desire to build a place for Amber and others with similar special needs, to live with safe, supported independence while providing opportunities for ongoing holistic growth (spiritual, physical, emotional, social, vocational) and post secondary opportunities to work, serve, and give back to their community. 

Our Values

  • Christ-centered
  • Dignity & Respect
  • Community & Family
  • Wellness Minded
  • Service Oriented
  • Independence with Support
  • Loving & Fun Environment
  • Safety & Belonging
  • Excellence & Integrity
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The Inspiration
Debbie
David
Amber

Our Difference

One of Amber Grace's distinguishing features is our commitment to discovering each individual’s strengths and pairing them with an opportunity for service and/or employment. Everyone has a role to play in our community! I need you, and you need me is the key to our core belief in interdependence along with supported independent living. Discovering our Neighbors’ strengths enables them to enjoy a world of post secondary opportunities centered around their individual likes and gifts.  

Another feature of our community is the loving, family-style nature of Amber Grace houses, meals, and support systems. Each of the eight houses are a family, consisting of six Neighbors and one Support Family. They do life together, sharing evening meals, neighborhood outings, and worship services as a family.

Tell Me More

WHERE? On thirty-five acres of beautiful pasture nestled safely inside the gated campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

WHY?

Because individuals with IDD desire independence, but without adequate support these individuals often become isolated, unemployed, and lonely. Their caregivers can become overwhelmed with the task of providing a life for their loved one. Amber Grace provides answers for these concerns.

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WHY?

WHO?

For adults diagnosed with mild IDD who are ambulatory and have mastered their activities of daily living who need support to remain safe and be successful with independent living. Amber Grace is designed to provide individualized support across all disciplines in a family-style setting.

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WHO?

WHAT?

Dignity, safety, individual apartment homes, daily enrichment courses, life skills training, spiritual care, community integration, and 24-hour support.

Amber Grace is designed to provide all of this and more!

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WHAT?

Explore Where Amber Grace Neighbors Live

Sample House Floor Plan

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Shared Neighbors' House Courtyard

Directly off the Village Green are thriving pedestrian paths where Neighbors and Support Families live together in Houses. The Houses are paired to foster a supportive social network.

Sample Neighbor’s Home Floor Plan

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Sample Neighbor’s Home Floor Plan

Sample Neighbor’s Home Floor Plan

FAQs

Explore Where Amber Grace Neighbors Live

Explore Where Amber Grace Neighbors Live

FAQs

Shared Neighbors' House Courtyard

Directly off the Village Green are thriving pedestrian paths where Neighbors and Support Families live together in Houses. The Houses are paired to foster a supportive social network.

Shared Neighbors' House Courtyard

Directly off the Village Green are thriving pedestrian paths where Neighbors and Support Families live together in Houses. The Houses are paired to foster a supportive social network.

FAQs

Sample House Floor Plan

Sample House Floor Plan

FAQs

Community Details

Amber Grace is thoughtfully designed as a pedestrian village. With thirty-five acres of well-planned pathways, our Neighbors can easily enjoy walking to the many open, accessible spaces designed with the safety and socialization of our special needs Neighbors in mind.

Welcome Center

The Welcome Center provides an introduction to the Amber Grace community. It includes our mail room, office spaces, and social spaces for our Neighbors to socialize with one another as well as with our Staff.

Houses

Amber Grace has four houses for men and four houses for women. 

Each house consists of:

  • Six 510 sq.ft. individual apartment homes. Each apartment includes a bedroom, bathroom, living space, laundry and kitchenette for each Neighbor. These individual apartments connect to a shared Common Space.
  • The Common Space includes a large modern kitchen and living area for enjoying meals and family time together.
  • Also adjoining the Common Space is a two story 2500 sq.ft. four bedroom, 2 ½ bath, single family home where the Support Family for this group of six Neighbors will live. 

Dining Hall

The Dining Hall serves thoughtfully-curated, chef-prepared meals to Amber Grace Staff and Neighbors daily for lunch. Well-balanced nutrition is important to our community. Prepared daily, dinner is delivered to each of the eight houses for the evening meal to be enjoyed in a family- style setting in the large shared Common Space kitchen of each house.

Recreational Spaces

The pool, hot tub, and playground provide year-round opportunities for socialization and fun activities at Amber Grace. The gymnasium hosts basketball games, pickleball, and special programs throughout the year. 

Community Center

The Amber Grace Community Center offers educational, growth-oriented programs and classes such as Art, Personal Development, Current Events, Spiritual Formation, and Fitness. The center also has a Clinic and a full-service Salon.

Cottages

Four cottages provide modern, comfortable lodging for visiting families and guests of Amber Grace. Each cottage has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room, and a large common area, including a living room and kitchen. A welcoming front porch can be enjoyed by family or friends while relaxing on sunny days. 

Community Center

The Amber Grace Community Center offers educational, growth-oriented programs and classes such as Art, Personal Development, Current Events, Spiritual Formation, and Fitness. The center also has a Clinic and a full-service Salon.

Cottages

Four cottages provide modern, comfortable lodging for visiting families and guests of Amber Grace. Each cottage has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room, and a large common area, including a living room and kitchen. A welcoming front porch can be enjoyed by family or friends while relaxing on sunny days. 

Hiring Soon!

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Soon to be taking applications for self-motivated, caring individuals looking to make a long-term investment in the lives of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Future opportunities include:

Executive Director

Support Families

Business Office Manager

Director of Facilities

Director of Food Service

Director of Programming

Program Instructors/Mentors

Director of Wellness (RN)

Care Staff

Salon Manager

Administrative Assistant

Housekeepers

Cooks and Dishwashers

Timeline for hiring is determined by the individual position.  If you feel that a position listed here would fit your skill set, please fill out a submission form by clicking the Contact Us button below, indicating your desire to send a resume. Someone will contact you with next steps.  Stay tuned on our website! We will update timelines for hiring closer to our opening date.

Future opportunities include:
Executive Director         Support Families
Business Office Manager         Director of Facilities
Director of Food Service  
Director of Programming
Program Instructors/Mentors
Director of Wellness (RN)
Care Staff        Salon Manager
Administrative Assistant         Housekeepers
Cooks and Dishwashers

Timeline for hiring is determined by the individual position.  If you feel that a position listed here would fit your skill set, please fill out a submission form by clicking the Contact Us button below, indicating your desire to send a resume. Someone will contact you with next steps.  Stay tuned on our website! We will update timelines for hiring closer to our opening date.

Interested in working with us?

Interested in working with us?