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Independent Living Home Planned In Escalon
Designed as a way to help people live more independently, the Escalon Covenant Enabling Residence is planned on a 12-acre parcel along Escalon Avenue.

The plans were previously approved at a regular meeting of the Escalon Planning Commission and officials are eager now to get the word out about the project. It's planned adjacent to the Escalon Covenant Church and is being built in cooperation with the church through Covenant Solutions Business & Development Support LLC.

"It's a six-bedroom home that will assist adults with developmental disabilities with an adjacent residence for an assistant to help them," explained Susan Paulsen, chairperson of the Board of Directors for the residence.

A registered nurse first assistant, Paulsen said the project has been in the works for the last couple of years. Things are moving slowly, she said, but they are moving.

"We want to generate some community awareness," she said, noting that a sign has been erected by the church but the board wants to let residents know what is coming in.

"It's a million dollar project and the church is supporting the idea but the corporation (Covenant Solutions) is a separate corporation," she added.

Paulsen said she is eager to meet with local service clubs and inform them about the project. A website,, is also available for those who want to learn more about it.

Escalon resident Dale Larson serves as treasurer for the corporation and Saundra Miller of Escalon is the secretary.

At the original planning commission meeting, construction advisor and residence committee member Keith DeRousse of Farmington was on hand to answer any questions from commissioners.