We Care

for everyone


Founded in 1998, Beacon Specialized Living is Michigan’s leading provider of specialized adult foster care serving over 85% of the state. Our mission is to provide homes for vulnerable adults and support them to live as independently as possible by coordinating high quality, gentle, compassionate and evidence-based care.

We offer well-appointed residential settings providing 24-hour personal care, protection, and community living supports to adults with different needs including Alzheimer’s, Anxiety, Autism, Co-occurring/SUD, Developmental Disabilities, Dementia, PTSD and Schizophrenia. Most residents need assistance if they:

  • Are unable to live without direct support
  • Exhibit high risk behaviors
  • Over-utilize emergency departments, public safety, and justice resources
  • Unsuccessfully respond to traditional and current services and benefits
How We Care

Our Values

We believe that everyone — regardless of their abilities — deserves to be a full member of their community. Our colleagues practice and serve our consumers by our I CARE values.

Act honestly, speak the truth and deliver on promises.

Be compassionate, caring and gentle in all that we do.

Encourage and invest in new ideas that elevate equality and community.

Encourage a variety of thoughts that reflect the diversity in our markets, customers, and workforce.

Consistently deliver high quality services that have a positive impact on our communities, our state and our country.

Letter from
OUR ceo


There are an estimated 300,000 adults with serious mental illness in Michigan and on any given day they can be found wandering the streets, or in shelters, emergency rooms, jails or prisons. Many have co-occurring substance use disorders, unattended chronic conditions and display challenging behaviors that further compound the adverse effects on their health, wellbeing and society-at-large.

Traditional networks and systems of care are not sufficiently serving these adults and their complex needs. Challenging behaviors need new models of care and special skills. They not only need improved access to physical and mental healthcare, but they require specialized services that address their basic needs of safe housing, healthy food, affordable transportation and “connectedness” with peers, caregivers and communities at-large.

Over the last seventeen years, Beacon Specialized Living has delivered compassionate care and exceptional value to individuals with severe mental illness, developmental disabilities, autism, chronic disease and substance use disorders. We offer a variety of well-appointed residential home options throughout the state that provide comprehensive and supportive services matched to the needs of each consumer we serve.

Today, we continue to embrace best practices and evidence-based care and develop innovative approaches to better integrate services that address the “whole person” including their physical, mental, emotional and social needs. We are committed to helping each and every one of our consumers reach their highest level of independence possible and to do this, we are investing in more infrastructure, systems and people.

By providing safe and supportive homes and by engaging with people on terms they establish and willingly embrace, we are achieving astounding results by improving behaviors, medication compliance, daily function and independent living skills. All of this translates into enormous economic value for our communities and the State of Michigan by lowering the total costs of care including frequent hospitalizations, impaired productivity and excessive public safety, social services, and justice system costs.

In closing, I am proud of our entire staff and for the outstanding work they do every day. Together, we are committed to being the leading and preferred provider of choice by consumers, community agencies, families and payors throughout the state.

— Darren W. Hodgdon