Assisted Living Benefits from Local Family's Generosity

A local family is paying it forward.

The Wuerch family has a 20-year-old son with physical disabilities and recently purchased a new accessible van.

When the question came up, "What to do with the old one?" they decided to give back.

Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario (ALSO) will be adding the accessible van to its fleet to be used for daily patient trips.

Shirley Wuerch says the last thing they wanted to see was the van go to a scrap yard.

"We had promised them that as soon as we got our new van we would transfer it over to them and we were just so happy that it was going to be used for adults in need," she says. "That's what our son is. He is an adult in need. So this van will go on and be used."

Wuerch says the van has plenty of life still in it.

"We're going to be watching Windsor streets and Essex County to see that van around and we're going to be cheering it on when we see it in the streets. It just touches our heart that it's going to keep being used. It's our pleasure to do this and it's the greatest thing that we've ever done. It's so fulfilling."

ALSO Executive Director Lynn Calder says there's no question the van will lighten their load.

"Transportation is always a challenge for people with physical disabilities. There are people who would like to make an impromptu decision to go someplace like all of us do without even thinking and having to make a booking three weeks in advance can be a hindrance. So this van be come in so handy."

The van needed repairs to be road ready so Mel's Auto Garage on Tecumseh Rd. E. stepped up to do the work free of charge.


— With files from AM800's Kristylee Varley