Board Of Directors

John Loehr, President
Don Sturges, Vice President
Scott Crane, Treasurer
Barbara Tully, Secretary

Peter Casazza
John Fisher
Lorraine Morley
Phil Riordan
Chris Tiberio
Ed Tonnessen
Joseph Walsh

P.O. Box 486
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Ridgefield Sunrise Cottage is a
tax exempt 501c3 non-profit
Federal ID# 80-0025932
Annual Report and audited
financials available upon request.

About Us

The Sunrise Cottage Story

Ridgefield Sunrise Cottage, Inc. (RSC) is a 501c3 non-profit entity incorporated as a State of Connecticut organization in December 2001 charged with planning, fundraising, building and supervising the operation of community-based resident group housing for the developmentally disabled in the Town of Ridgefield, CT.

RSC, Inc. emerged as the result of a working partnership of local organizations formed in 2000, including Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, Inc.; The Ridgefield Affordable Housing Committee; SPHERE Inc. (Special People’s Housing, Education, Recreation, Employment), a local non-profit group that provides services and advocacy for the developmentally disabled; the Town of Ridgefield Municipal Agent for the Disabled; and ARI of Connecticut, Inc., a non-profit organization involved in managing group homes and providing vocational services to the developmentally disabled community in Fairfield County, CT.

RSC, Inc. collaborated with various public and private sponsors to construct Sunrise Cottage at 6 Sunset Lane in 2003-2004 in a neighborhood setting close to the geographic center of Ridgefield under a long-term, no cost ground lease with the Town of Ridgefield. Initial private donations totaling $350,000 leveraged a $368,400 Section 811 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in combination with annual rental subsidies provided by HUD, and annual operating subsidies provided by the State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and Department of Social Services (DSS).

Sunrise Cottage residents live close to their families and are actively connected to the Ridgefield community
they have grown to know and love. The Cottage is professionally managed and staffed 24-hours per day / 7-days
per week by ARI of CT, Inc. The Cottage is the current full-time residence for six developmentally disabled
adults from the greater Ridgefield area. Ridgefield Sunrise Cottage, Inc. does not direcly employ any staff or pay
salaries or compensation to Directors or to other individuals.

Benefits of Sunrise Cottage:

  • Enables local residents with developmental disabilities to lead more independent lives, with professional 24/7
    per week assistance.
  • Provides structured life-skills training, medical support, and transportation to employment, educational and
    social activities.
  • Provides the opportunity to develop social and employment relationships.
  • Enables Cottage residents to establish a sense of “ownership” of their home and to develop pride in their
    neighborhood and community.
  • Enables residents to be contributing, working, tax-paying members of their community.

All donations are 100% tax deductible 501c3 Tax ID #80-0025932
To donate online: visit
Post Office Box 486, Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877