New directional signs help navigate the village
Thanks to a generous grant from the Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills has recently added reflective directional signs to our village. A total of 41 signs, (23 house signs, 12 public signs and 6 parking signs) already are or will be installed throughout the village.
For the safety of our residents and visitors, it was important that the village be updated with clear signs that are visible at night and that better communicate important information with names, directional arrows and house numbers. For example, should a fire truck or ambulance need to find a house quickly, would they be able to?
Our goal in Kimberton Hills is to create an environment in which adults with developmental disabilities feel safe and live in an environment that supports a high quality of life. Our approach is to address issues proactively, before they become even more hazardous or costly.
We also estimate that over 3000 people visit the village each year. While we haven’t been able to do an official car count, it does appear that there are more vehicles than ever travelling to the village for a wide-range of reasons such as: attending events, having lunch in the Camphill Café, picking up at Sankanac CSA, making deliveries to the dairy farm, or just visiting friends.
Through the design process, local graphic studio Mind Fire Creative discovered an environmentally friendly PVC material for the signage. Originally, it was proposed that the signs would be made from aluminum and then painted. However, because the PVC material could come in any color desired, painting wasn’t required. This PVC material is relatively non-toxic, cadmium and lead-free and does not require formaldehyde, asbestos, lindane, PCB, PCP or FCKW, momomeres, biozides and softeners (ozone depleting agents) in its production. They cause no harm to people or the environment during their production, usage or recycling process. Returned sheets or fragments of sheets can easily be recycled. A systematic recycling policy allows for economic savings and respect towards the environment.
As we address the needs of our community, we demonstrate to others how careful attention to place, ecology, permanence, continuity of care, aesthetics and relationship create a more vibrant, less restrictive environment for all of us, including those with developmental disabilities. Kimberton Hills is an exemplary model of how a community deeply committed to caring for its members can create a highly engaging and enriching Quality of Life.
Thank you to the Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation who helps ensure we continue this quality of life. Recent support from the Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation allowed for a handicapped-accessible pathway to be built to the Serena Social Room, a hub of village activity, helped to add a new boot room to Sankanac House, and most recently helped to replace the windows of Kerria House.