There's No Place Like Home

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

There's no place like home and the grand opening of Waynesboro's Harvard House is making all the difference for those mentally challenged.

And with a snip of the ribbon, five mentally challenged women now have a new home at the Harvard House.

"It's giving them an opportunity to live in a community and not have the constraints of an institutional setting," says Sue Bentley, executive director for DePaul Family Services.

Funded through Medicaid and federal grants, the five bedroom, two bath beauty is well....

"Pretty cool," says new resident Michelle. "Pretty cool."

Giving new residents, like Michelle, a sense of independence.

"I cook here," she says. "Last time I cooked hamburgers and spaghetti."

All under the supervision of a six person staff from Roanoke's DePaul Family Services. Helping the residents 24/7.

"They help me with my hair and get the shampoo out, says Michelle.

Providing them with a sense of self-worth and pride in their new home.

"It gives them the sense that they have ownership and that they have a say in what happens," says Bentley.

"I like living here," adds Michelle. "It's fun. I'm happy here."

Anyone 18 years or older is eligble to live in the home and there is no time limit for how long they can stay.


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