Morrow Valley Farmstead

We are pleased to announce that construction began on GHA’s newest program in September, 2019.

Morrow Valley Farmstead brings together, for the first time all in one place, the healing forces of nature, man, medicine, science, and technology to create for each individual, a world that is uniquely theirs, one that includes all things necessary for their security, comfort, and happiness.

Purpose: Morrow Valley Farmstead will provide specialized services for aging individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities with a focus on age related developmental and physical needs, and care for chronic and/or debilitating medical conditions. Morrow Valley Farmstead will be a state of the art 10-bed home located in Albemarle, NC creating specialized long-term care for aging individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities that also have serious medical conditions. 

Morrow Valley Farmstead includes a working farm, pesticide-free gardens, animal-assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture activities, 24-hour health care services, telemedicine, progressive digital technology, electronic monitoring, and whole-person coordinated care.  Morrow Valley is located on 50 beautiful and spacious acres at the base of Morrow Mountain. The facility has been designed especially for people with disabilities that need specialized medical care.

Morrow Valley Farmstead residents will have the opportunity to age gracefully and comfortably in an inspiring home environment that is customized for their unique needs and interests.  Out of home medical treatment will be reduced by utilizing state of the art technology and in home care.  

Goal: GHA has worked jointly with State Developmental Centers over the years to successfully discharge numerous individuals from State Developmental Centers to community residential homes.  GHA Autism Supports is now seeking collaboration with Center personnel to identify aging individuals with ASD or other developmental disabilities that also have chronic medical conditions, who may be candidates for Morrow Valley Farmstead. This first group of residents and families will have a unique opportunity to shape this first of its kind community facility. 

GHA will work in conjunction with Center personnel to host informational sessions about Morrow Valley for individuals and guardians to make them aware of this innovative program for aging adults with disabilities 

Application Materials

GHA Morrow Valley Application
Health, Family, Preferences and Behavior History

Anticipated Opening:  May – July, 2020

animal assisted therapy for autism

Grants and donations have been secured from numerous sources in the development of Morrow Valley Farmstead, including the following: 

The Ireland Foundation

The Cannon Foundation

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Albemarle Rotary Club

The Fanning Foundation

Stanly County Community Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

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